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into great silence

into great silence

In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back to him. Sixteen years later, they were ready.

mature faith

mature faith

Thomas was not a doubter. Instead he was an adult seeking the verification that all adults need if we are to truly believe.

schools & education

schools & education

As staff and students in New Zealand prepare to begin the 2020 school year here’s a thought on the purpose of education, and a reflection on prayer in schools.

Word of God Sunday

Word of God Sunday

Pope Francis has named this Sunday, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, as Word of God Sunday.

beauty

beauty

In gratitude to Roger Scruton for his work, and as a prayer for his eternal experience of the fulness of beauty, I share one of his best-known video teachings.

a cathedral teaches

a cathedral teaches

There is an old adage that we build our buildings and then our buildings build us. This is most true of a Catholic church

just giving

just giving

I’ve been a part of a few great end-of-year gatherings in recent weeks and there’s always some great conversations

Bono & Jesus

Bono & Jesus

With U2 playing in Auckland this weekend I’m appreciating the opportunity to savour not only their music but also some of Bono’s inspiring interviews.

two great lights

two great lights

Fifty years on you can’t miss how these astronauts were moved by what they were experiencing, and we can’t help being moved by the same beauty

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with gratitude

with gratitude

And then I started to remember. I remembered places, events, problems and people

moving toward

moving toward

slow food and drink with people I love and trust, hours rich with conversation and love

life-giving law

life-giving law

Christianity is not a collection of truths to be believed, of rules to be followed, or of prohibitions.

the power of love

the power of love

As a person grows up they want to liberate themselves and become free and adult

crooked lines

crooked lines

God delights in writing straight with the crooked lines of our lives.