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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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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real food

August 12, 2018

There are many different kinds of food and I don’t just mean the stuff we put into our mouths. A few years ago a number of chicken soup books were published offering food in a different form; words of…

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jubilee homily

August 9, 2018

Bishop Paul Martin is happy to share his homily given last night at the priests’ jubilee celebration in the diocese of Christchurch.   There is something very fitting about the fact that today we are celebrating the feast of St Mary…

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ad multos annos

August 8, 2018

A great day of meeting and celebration today (and tomorrow) for priests of the Christchurch diocese with our first clergy AGM with Bishop Paul Martin. Our priests’ meetings always begin with fifteen minutes of silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament…

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Mary MacKillop

August 8, 2018

It’s the feast of St. Mary MacKillop today in New Zealand & Australia. Other parts of the world celebrate the feast of Dominic today – and here down-under we remembered him earlier in the week. Saint Mary of the…

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walking on water

August 7, 2018

When you make it to Rome, the best time to visit St. Peter’s Basilica is early morning, passing through security just before 7, an hour or two before the tourists arrive. The doors of the basilica open at 7…

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Transfiguration

August 6, 2018

Today’s feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus has got me thinking again about church building. Let me explain the connection. In recent years I have been reading about the importance of beauty. Beauty is one of the three transcendentals…

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embrace life

August 5, 2018

All roads in Christchurch last night seemed to lead to the Super Rugby Final. I was driving through Addington on my way home to watch the game as thousands were converging on the stadium; people both young and old, the…

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the potter

August 2, 2018

There’s a lovely image in today’s first reading from Jeremiah: This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: Rise up, be off to the potter’s house; there I will give you my message. I went down to…

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Ignatius of Loyola

July 31, 2018

It is the feast of Ignatius Loyola today and I am grateful to have been greatly influenced by Ignatius and his followers. Ignatius remains one of our Christian traditions greatest teachers of discernment, that is the art of recognising and…

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