a new harmony

June 10, 2019

There is always a temptation to build “nests”, to cling to our little group, to the things and people we like, to resist all contamination. It is only a small step from a nest to a sect…

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Pentecost prep

June 6, 2019

It’s Pentecost this weekend. The presence of the Holy Spirit with us in every breath gives us hope in every daily decision…

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how to lose power

June 3, 2019

“The real question is not about how to gain power, but how to lose power” says Jean Vanier in this 3.5 minute clip. Then take note too what he says about meetings…

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the wellbeing retreat

June 1, 2019

“Use your church for precisely what it is for, not as one more secular town venue among many, but as a sacred place, a prime place of encounter with Jesus Christ…

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Ascension

May 31, 2019

The disciples do not feel abandoned. They do not consider Jesus to have disappeared far away into an inaccessible heaven. They are obviously convinced of a new presence of Jesus…

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a good start

May 29, 2019

it is possible for an intelligent man, representing the people, to integrate faith and life in twenty-first century New Zealand…

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running

May 23, 2019

And this is a problem we share. We are all runners – running from God’s love, escaping the relationship in which we are most loved…

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a new church

May 21, 2019

Now that you have this beautiful church, use it! Use it for precisely what it is for, not as one more secular town venue among many, but as a sacred place, a prime place of encounter with Jesus Christ…

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faith & freedom

May 19, 2019

Last week’s sacking of Australian Rugby star Israel Folau probably might signal a change in our New Zealand position of diversity of freedom and lifestyle…

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abundance

May 13, 2019

I have noticed in recent years that regular First Communion preparation programmes do little to convey the beauty and vibrancy of Catholic faith…

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more human

May 7, 2019

I have met a few saints in my time and I have no doubt that Jean Vanier is one of them. It is with sadness today that we learnt of his death…

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breadth of life

May 4, 2019

This is the last of the three conversations with Vatican Astronomer Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ on his visit to Christchurch earlier in the week…

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stars & faith & life

May 3, 2019

Br. Guy went well beyond the expectations of these young people with profound reflections on life and love, hope and joy and discernment of life choices…

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the bigger picture

May 2, 2019

Here is the first of my conversations with Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ, Vatican Astronomer on his visit to Christchurch this week…

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