where there is love

December 15, 2018

Consider the family and friends you will spend time with at Christmas. In this group there will be a complexity of relationships and diverse expressions of love. You might offer a prayer that begins: “Jesus, Your ways are not our…

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a better way

December 14, 2018

Jesus reminds us that His kingdom is not of this world warning that his followers would often feel alien even among family and friends…

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December 13, 2018

To make matters more complicated we are surrounded by signs pointing in every direction. Navigating a daily direction cannot be left to chance. It requires an intimate relationship with God and a keen and active discernment…

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you know me

December 12, 2018

“Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your…

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power plus

December 11, 2018

Too often we fall into the trap of reducing God to a “spiritual” being considering Jesus to be more like a childhood “imaginary friend.” But Jesus is present with us really, physically and tangibly…

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Thomas Merton

December 10, 2018

“I have no idea where I am going.I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I…

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pointing where?

December 9, 2018

There is a line often used in theology that reminds me of the complexity of human life and gives me great hope: “God writes straight with the crooked lines of my life…

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fully human

December 8, 2018

It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us…

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words & miracles

December 7, 2018

Words are important and in recent days the words shared by Food For Faith readers following each post have given the comments section of the page an inspiring life of its own. Thank you to all those who are sharing…

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there is love

December 6, 2018

You might be feeling the hype of pre-Christmas parties. You could be busy tying up loose ends at work. Some families are flat out trying to get all the gift shopping done, preparing for relatives to visit, or trying…

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by heart

December 5, 2018

Like me, many of you will have learnt things by heart as a child, perhaps a prayer or a poem or multiplication tables. This rote-learning method went out of fashion for a while but today I’m pleased to…

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December 4, 2018

The mother was getting more and more frustrated as the child tried to convince her that there was a church floating in the sky…

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December 3, 2018

The first Jesuits in the early sixteenth century were great travellers and Francis Xavier whose feast we celebrate today is considered with Ignatius Loyola to be “co-founder” of this enthusiastic band of missionaries of the Society of Jesus. After…

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December 2, 2018

Earlier in the year I moved into the heart of Christchurch city where I now live in the Cathedral presbytery beside the earthquaked Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. You can see the remains of the destroyed Cathedral sanctuary behind me…

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December 1, 2018

It’s the same in our human relationships. The one who has no ability to be vulnerable and to honestly share personal failure, shame and sin with a friend has no ability to give and receive love…

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