the visionary

March 22, 2019

This pattern is repeated throughout history and in our own time those who stand for truth, goodness, beauty, integrity and justice are often rejected…

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two good men

March 21, 2019

There are many people who might be materially poor yet whose lives are driven by the unhealthy desire to acquire possessions…

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a beautiful journey

March 20, 2019

While we think we are happiest when we are standing on the winner’s podium of the goals we set ourselves, our greater desire is to be united in a journey towards the goal…

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for fathers

March 19, 2019

These fathers were pondering the presence of God, and in conversation with them later it was clear that they knew they were doing the most important thing…

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Christ with us

March 18, 2019

We are indeed brothers and sisters, Muslim and Christians calling Abraham our father in faith, united in our belief in One God…

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united in prayer

March 17, 2019

“Out of the depths I cry to you O Lord”. We know that our loving God has not caused this pain, but the freedom God gives us as a mark of his great love has been tragically misused and abused…

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let us sow love

March 16, 2019

Here in Christchurch as I write it’s late evening on Friday 15 March, a day that will be forever remembered as one of our nation’s darkest days…

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my soul’s longing

March 15, 2019

There is a psalm for every human mood and emotion. There are psalms for every joy and grief, for pain and loss, for tentative curiosity and for confident hope. There are psalms to express delight…

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searching together

March 14, 2019

That’s a great picture of the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis together.  I have spent time this week taking part in the twice-yearly Anglican Catholic dialogue of Aotearoa New Zealand…

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six years on

March 13, 2019

On this day six years ago Jorge Borgoglio was elected as pope beginning his ministry as Pope Francis…

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life-giving law

March 11, 2019

Most of us are not too keen on rules. Something in us fears that law will limit our liberty and therefore we will be less happy. The underlying fear is that we will be more likely to be happy when…

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tempted & growing

March 10, 2019

Instead of going down that track of settling for the thing I think I want that’s actually a temptation, we are much better off if we become aware of the desire we have for something greater…

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sinners at table

March 9, 2019

Immediately on being elected pope in the Sistine Chapel in March 2013 Pope Francis said to the cardinals who elected him: “I am a great sinner confident in the patience and mercy of God. In suffering, I accept…

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fasting for freedom

March 8, 2019

Fasting is fashionable today, for fighting disease, enhancing heart health, boosting brain function, aiding weight loss, delaying ageing and helping concentration…

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