Saint Suzanne

October 1, 2018

On this day, October 1, in 1926, Saint Suzanne (also known as Saint Grandma) died in Wellington after a long and rich life in service of Jesus in the poor of Aotearoa New Zealand. (read an earlier FFF reflection at…

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not lay

September 28, 2018

I’ve been thinking ahead to my Sunday homily this weekend at St. Mary’s pro-Cathedral. The readings provide a timely remedy of the tensions and evils within the church. Battle imagery is often used to describe the struggle…

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life advice

September 26, 2018

Earlier this month Jean Vanier celebrated his 90th birthday and shared his reflections in this fifteen minute video reflection offering “ten rules for life.” He has given his life to service of the intellectually disabled with his L’Arche communities…

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September 25, 2018

What is family? Most people hope that their family will be a place of belonging and growth. The reality is that our biological families exist only for a time. I am the child of my parents for a couple of…

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+ve moaning

September 24, 2018

It’s Monday morning at the office and a few of the staff are arriving at work with groans and moans after relaxing and satisfying weekends. Even Pope Francis was talking about moaning when yesterday he spoke on his visit…

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the sin problem

September 22, 2018

A healthy awareness of personal sin is a great gift since this places us in right-relationship with the God who desires to meet us in our imperfect reality and so lead us into life. Yesterday on the feast of…

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Mercy & Matthew

September 21, 2018

It’s the feast day of St. Matthew today.  Caravaggio’s Calling of Matthew and Pope Francis’ frequent comments about the painting provide a great inspiration and Francis has called this painting one of his favourite works of art. It…

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September 19, 2018

Today’s first reading is the magnificent hymn of love from St. Paul’s first letter to the people of Corinth. I recall once meeting with a couple to prepare their marriage ceremony. They were insistent that there be no…

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Rochester lecture

September 18, 2018

This week in Christchurch the annual Rochester lecture is presented by Bishop Paul Martin SM, the new(ish) Catholic bishop of Christchurch. This is an opportunity to hear Bishop Paul share his view of the challenges and opportunities for Christianity…

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assembly video

September 16, 2018

You might be interested in a brief video clip of images from the National Assembly of NZ Diocesan priests gathering in Christchurch this past week…

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an adventure

September 16, 2018

On Friday morning 186 priests from the six New Zealand dioceses returned to their homes at the conclusion of our five-yearly assembly of diocesan priests. One of the group with a bit of time to spare worked out that…

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church choice

September 13, 2018

I know that many readers are interested in what diocesan priests from all over New Zealand are hearing this week at our five-yearly assembly.  When your priest arrives back home later tomorrow ask him to share something of how…

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Msgr. Pat RIP

September 12, 2018

It is with great sadness that 186 of us diocesan priests gathered in Christchurch learned this morning of the death of one of our brothers, Monsignor Pat Ward of the diocese of Auckland. Pat had arrived in Christchurch to take…

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September 11, 2018

Last night there was a great buzz at a Christchurch hotel as 186 diocesan priests from the six New Zealand dioceses gathered for days of formation and fraternity. This morning the first of the keynote speakers, Canadian priest Fr. James…

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good vs evil

September 6, 2018

Life in relationship with Jesus Christ is not a life of comfort. Life with Jesus is an adventure. This is because we humans are not made not for comfort but for abundant life. We are made for adventure. This is…

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