"war never again, never again war!"

September 8, 2013

A few hours ago (Saturday evening Rome time) almost 100.000 people gathered with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s square to pray for peace, especially with the prospect of intervention causing escalating violence in Syria.You can see a…

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the successful disciple

September 6, 2013

three years onDuring this past week we marked the third anniversary of the 4 September 2010 earthquake. Since that date we have experienced well over 13.000 quakes. It has been a long three years for all of us. So…

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newsletter

September 6, 2013

The weekly newsletter for the Catholic parish of the Good Shepherd, Hurunui District, is now uploaded to the parish website www.catholichurunui.co.nz…

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meet the Christchurch seminarians

September 5, 2013

Let’s offer a prayer today, and every day, for the seminarians of the Christchurch diocese.You can meet them at this link.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAu2pR8UCB4&feature=shareLet’s also remember those of our diocese who…

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three years later

September 4, 2013

On this day, three years ago, Cantabrians were shaken awake at 4.35am by a 7.1 earthquake. We have had well over 13.000 quakes since then, including the deadly February 22 2011 quake which took the lives of…

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killing, with the tongue…

September 3, 2013

Pope Francis certainly doesn’t mince his words when preaching the gospel. Yesterday, after his vacation, he returned to his early morning celebration of the Mass at Casa Santa Marta where he lives.  In his homily he drew a parallel…

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working for survival, or for fun

September 1, 2013

“swimming is a strange sport because sometimes you do it for fun, and sometimes you do it to not die.Work is somewhat similar”At the beginning of a new work week, and a new month, I was encouraged by…

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a heart full of desire

August 25, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I referred to one of Pope Francis’ Angelus addresses. It is the summer vacation in Rome and everything there operates a bit more slowly so this English translation has just come through.Here it is…

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benevolent glancing

August 25, 2013

Take a moment to look at each of the two photos below. Which do you consider to be the more beautiful? Both of the pictures were taken by me in the last few days. The first is a group of…

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a bunch of feasts

September 30, 2010

This Sunday (the 27th in Ordinary Time) is surrounded by significant feasts: Jerome 340-420AD (Sept. 30), Therese of the Child Jesus 1873-1897 (Friday 1 Oct), the Guardian Angels (Saturday 2nd) and Francis of Assisi 1181-1226 (Monday 4th…

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