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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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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pope to priests

August 5, 2019

I am deeply grateful to those who support me in my desire to live fully as a priest…

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Vocations Awareness Week

August 4, 2019

Thank you to all who are active in promoting diocesan priesthood as a fulfilling, God-centred life of adventure and service…

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August 1, 2019

You might remember beginning every new page of school work with the heading A.M.D.G. recalling that the letters stood for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God…

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living? maybe not!

July 31, 2019

It’s the feast of Ignatius Loyola today and he has helped me to see that my fears and compulsions often tragically lead me to go through days and weeks as if I’m at least half asleep…

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the way of freedom

July 29, 2019

If you sometimes feel driven and trapped by your compulsion and activity you might find this reflection helpful…

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it’s not magic

July 27, 2019

There is a tendency to see prayer as an incantation recited in the hope of magically causing a response. But magic is not what we want. It’s relationship with God that we are seeking…

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