+ve moaning

September 24, 2018

It’s Monday morning at the office and a few of the staff are arriving at work with groans and moans after relaxing and satisfying weekends. Even Pope Francis was talking about moaning when yesterday he spoke on his visit…

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Mercy & Matthew

September 21, 2018

It’s the feast day of St. Matthew today.  Caravaggio’s Calling of Matthew and Pope Francis’ frequent comments about the painting provide a great inspiration and Francis has called this painting one of his favourite works of art. It…

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an adventure

September 16, 2018

On Friday morning 186 priests from the six New Zealand dioceses returned to their homes at the conclusion of our five-yearly assembly of diocesan priests. One of the group with a bit of time to spare worked out that…

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Msgr. Pat RIP

September 12, 2018

It is with great sadness that 186 of us diocesan priests gathered in Christchurch learned this morning of the death of one of our brothers, Monsignor Pat Ward of the diocese of Auckland. Pat had arrived in Christchurch to take…

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inspiration

September 11, 2018

Last night there was a great buzz at a Christchurch hotel as 186 diocesan priests from the six New Zealand dioceses gathered for days of formation and fraternity. This morning the first of the keynote speakers, Canadian priest Fr. James…

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priests together

September 4, 2018

Next week 180 diocesan priests from the six dioceses of New Zealand will gather in Christchurch for the fourth national assembly of diocesan priests. These national assemblies are held every five years and previous gatherings have been held in Blenheim…

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Fathers’ Day

September 2, 2018

It’s Fathers’ day today in New Zealand and Australia. A couple of years ago Pope Francis shared the following reflections on Fatherhood: “Father” is a term familiar to everyone, a universal word. It indicates a fundamental relationship, the reality…

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if

August 29, 2018

Framed and hanging on the living room wall in the home of my grandparents there was a poem which was a significant influence on my teenage years. I still have a copy on my wall today. Rudyard Kipling’s “If…

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late have i loved

August 28, 2018

On his feast day I’ll let Augustine of Hippo speak for himself with this section from his Confessions, quoted in today’s Office of Readings: “Urged to reflect upon myself, I entered under your guidance into the inmost depth…

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the meeting

August 27, 2018

I have spent the past few days at the annual Rimini meeting for friendship among peoples. Each year the meeting attracts people of all faiths from around the world, united by a knowledge that there is more to life than…

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choose life

August 25, 2018

After hearing the teaching of Jesus some of his followers commented: “This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?”  At that point many of them “stopped going with him.” (ref. today’s Gospel) I can understand how they felt…

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to be a man

August 25, 2018

In recent days New Zealanders have been shaken by the sudden death of 48 year old TV presenter Greg Boyed. His family reported that he had been suffering depression. The tragedy of Greg’s death has caused a welcome and…

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trapped ?

August 19, 2018

In today’s gospel reading a young man who is not free comes to Jesus. We know that he was a good man because he kept the commandments. But the keeping of rules was not enough for him, and neither…

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eat & live

August 18, 2018

Different foods have different effects on the body, mind and spirit. There are foods believed to be good for the brain or for the bones. Other foods aid digestion and what we eat can support fitness, cause alertness or help…

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Saint Suzanne

August 13, 2018

My first encounter with the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion was in Timaru where the sisters of the community founded by Mother Mary Joseph Aubert nursed the poor and disabled of South Canterbury at St. Vianney’s Home of…

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