December 3, 2019

A few years ago I was walking across the North Quad of the Christchurch Arts Centre as a mother was hurrying her toddler pulling him by the hand as he resisted and gazed into the sky…

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finding faith

December 2, 2019

Without a doubt one of the greatest highlights of the year for me has been finding faith in the most unexpected of places and in people who say they have no faith or very weak faith…

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busy ?

November 30, 2019

In the midst of the extra demands of this month, the Season of Advent beginning today offers a timely way to stay happy and centred when everything else threatens to steal our healthy perspective…

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Advent online

November 29, 2019

FFF’s Advent Online daily email reflections begin Sunday morning 1 December, the first day of Advent. Make sure you’re signed up, and share this invitation with anyone you think might be interested…

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Christ the King

November 23, 2019

The fact of our limited time on earth brings a clarity to our vision helping us to keep the struggles of earthly existence in a broader, deeper, eternal and loving divine perspective…

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easily pleased

November 22, 2019

It’s 56 years today since CS Lewis died. One of my favourite Lewis quotes is about the boy making mud-pies: “…We are far too easily pleased…

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holy longings

November 21, 2019

Humans by design design are beings who are filled with desire, longing, hunger, yearning, restlessness. If we do not feel this deep and insatiable thirst then there is something wrong with us…

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the Father’s home

November 11, 2019

In these hours don Mario is returning to the home of the Father. Already we miss the beauty of his full-of-God gaze, his eyes alive with enthusiasm…

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November 10, 2019

We are slow to learn that violence can never deliver the peace we seek…

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Guy Fawkes

November 5, 2019

We know that future generations will look back on us as primitive for treating explosives as a domestic treat…

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up a tree

November 3, 2019

Our challenge is perhaps that God is now too accessible for those of us who might prefer a distant and controllable God…

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All Souls

November 2, 2019

By looking at the graves, before which countless memories return, we remember how they lived, what they loved, what they feared, what they hoped for and what they hated…

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All Saints

November 1, 2019

On this day, the feast of All Saints, in the year 1541, Michaelangelo‘s Last Judgement was unveiled on the rear wall of the Sistine Chapel…

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October 31, 2019

Christians have worked hard for the “kill-joy” reputation. Too often our proclamation of the Good News has little to do with Jesus Christ, and and is reduced to a moral and legal code focussed on rules, regulations and obligations…

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October 24, 2019

Lorenzo shuffled in, overweight and dishevelled and wearing an ill-fitting and badly stained clerical suit dusted with ash from his last few cigarettes. He began with risqué joke…

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