freedom

October 14, 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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a new era

October 11, 2018

It’s 56 years today since the first session of the three-year Second Vatican Council began, and today 11 October is now held as the feast of St. (Pope) John XXIII who called the Council. On October 11 1962…

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praying with Christ

October 7, 2018

The month of October is traditionally marked in the church as the month of the Rosary and today, 7 October, is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. After a decline in use of the Rosary in recent decades…

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Job in the dung

October 5, 2018

The first readings of the liturgy this week give  daily segments of the 42 chapters of the Old Testament Book of Job, well-chosen to convey the message of the entire book. Job is a good man who has everything…

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Saint Suzanne

October 1, 2018

On this day, October 1, in 1926, Saint Suzanne (also known as Saint Grandma) died in Wellington after a long and rich life in service of Jesus in the poor of Aotearoa New Zealand. (read an earlier FFF reflection at…

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not lay

September 28, 2018

I’ve been thinking ahead to my Sunday homily this weekend at St. Mary’s pro-Cathedral. The readings provide a timely remedy of the tensions and evils within the church. Battle imagery is often used to describe the struggle…

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+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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