armistice

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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Halloween

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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Lorenzo

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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facing entanglement

October 23, 2019

Saints are not recognised for their passionless lack of obvious sins, but because of the transparency with which they face the entanglements of life…

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in the light

October 22, 2019

It was a privilege to celebrate Mass this week with a few of the Year 13 students of our Christchurch Catholic colleges as they come to the end of their school-years…

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Luke

October 18, 2019

You might like to try reading through the Gospel of Luke and then pick up the Acts of the Apostles which continues where the Gospel of Luke leaves off…

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a long night

October 15, 2019

The emotional and therefore spiritual life of a person requires more fully matured senses, not childish undeveloped senses like the psalmist’s idols who  “have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see…

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JHN & JO’C

October 13, 2019

Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me…

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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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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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