a new era

October 11, 2019

Perhaps we are closer today in our smaller church to the heart of the mission of Jesus, no longer filling large institutions but like the first disciples living relationship with Jesus Christ with two or three faithful companions…

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with beads

October 7, 2019

And then there were most other times when I realised that I had got to the end of a decade or even through the five decades and realised that my mind had been all over the place the entire time…

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Feast of Francis

October 3, 2019

On a recent visit to Assisi, the birthplace of Francis whose feast we celebrate this Friday 4 October, I recorded this three-minute clip as encouragement for all of us who often find it difficult to pray…

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a week of feasting

October 1, 2019

Saints understood and understand that life with Christ is not an optional add-on to human life. Instead, human life becomes possible only when lived in intimate communion with God…

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death & life

September 30, 2019

I have often quoted the High School principal who when asked to name the specific reason for the existence of her school responded: “We exist to prepare our students for death…

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Mercy & Matthew

September 21, 2019

Pope Francis recalls the feast of St. Matthew in 1953 when as a young man of 17 he experienced the mercy and the call of Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation…

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September 18, 2019

…I first realised this some years ago when I struggled with the imperfection that is so evident in many of the structures, communications and people of the institutional church…

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St. Bede’s Chapel

September 14, 2019

The St. Bede’s College community in Christchurch have this week completed the building of a magnificent new chapel…

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hopeful endurance

September 13, 2019

None of us likes to suffer, but on reflection we do know that at times we have had the maturity and the patience to endure times of difficulty knowing it is the only pathway to a greater reward…

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with authority

September 3, 2019

If parish committees have as their prime purpose to lead parishioners to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, all their work of maintaining buildings and managing finances takes on a life-giving and eternal purpose…

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intelligent faith

August 26, 2019

Too often religion is presented as the answer to questions that no-one is asking. At The Meeting faith is presented as the adequate response to human existence…

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living reality

August 18, 2019

The biographies of those named as saints in the church often promote the false idea that a saint is more likely to be an introvert who prefers to hide in a chapel than to engage with the world…

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August 15, 2019

Knowing that we too are invited to this divine life is the whole point of human existence. To miss this point, is to miss the whole point of life…

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Monty’s call

August 10, 2019

By happy coincidence I have spent time this week in the same course of study as a couple of dozen seminarians from the U.S. I have been inspired by their vocations stories and their enthusiasm…

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Mary MacKillop

August 8, 2019

Saints are not saints because they have achieved self-mastery or psychological wholeness. It is not even avoidance of sin that makes a saint so…

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