Feast of Francis

October 4, 2018

On a recent visit to Assisi, the birthplace of Francis whose feast we celebrate today, I recorded this three-minute clip as encouragement for all of us who often find it difficult to pray. I offer it again for today…

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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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belonging

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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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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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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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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just living

August 21, 2018

In recent years I have had the privilege of being a part of an annual week-long vacation of friends in the north of Italy. This year 250 people of all ages took part and each day was lived abundantly…

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back to school

July 22, 2018

In New Zealand this week the third of the four school terms begins. Prayers here for a healthy and happy term for all staff and students. Prayer is a regular part of the day in a Catholic school, beginning with…

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pray for priests

July 4, 2018

Each month Pope Francis invites the people of the world to join him in praying for a particular intention presenting a brief video to extend his invitation. This month, July, he wants us to pray for priests. I often ask…

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mature faith

July 3, 2018

It’s the feast of St. Thomas today 3 July,  and an opportunity to reconsider the term “doubting Thomas.” Thomas was not really a doubter. Instead he was an adult seeking the verification that all adults need if we are…

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hope

July 1, 2018

Last night our Christchurch seminarians gathered for dinner with a group of seminarians from the United States who are visiting New Zealand accompanying one of their newly ordained brothers. The night was hosted by a Christchurch family at their home…

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gift for children

June 27, 2018

A few weeks ago I was in a Catholic gift shop when a number of customers were searching for gifts for children preparing to receive communion for the first time. A number of the shoppers were at a loss about…

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ordination pics

June 4, 2018

Thanks to Peter Fleming for sharing his photos of the weekend’s ordination, first Mass and social gatherings for the ordination to the priesthood of Rob Morris SJ. You can view the album by clicking on the image below…

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Rob Morris SJ

May 31, 2018

I was privileged to be taught by Jesuits, first at Holy Cross College in Mosgiel then in the US for post-graduate studies. These were remarkable men who did not fit easily into any artificial or superficial priestly mould. They…

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virtual or real?

May 29, 2018

Earlier this week Pope Francis offered a reflection on the importance of the reality which can be lost in a world focussed on what is “virtual”. He began his comment speaking of a recent visit: “I approached to greet the…

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