schools & education

January 28, 2020

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…

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Australia Day

January 26, 2020

I’m a New Zealander living in New Zealand writing an Australia Day reflection. Our two nations are united by generations of friendship through good times and bad…

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January 16, 2020

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…

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a cathedral teaches

January 13, 2020

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

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January 11, 2020

I told them that that was an even better answer, but still I was looking for another even more correct response. The children really had their thinking faces on at that point…

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January 4, 2020

We are not those who seek as much as we are those who have been found. And this central fact of our faith makes all the difference…

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two men

December 28, 2019

The scriptures given for today’s feast of the Holy Innocents presents us with two men, one a photocopy, the other an original…

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how sense-able

December 27, 2019

“The greatest joy in life is to feel Jesus Christ alive and beating in the flesh of your own thought and your own heart. All the rest is a swift illusion or dung…

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love in diversity

December 25, 2019

Instead of wondering whether diverse opinions and practices are right or wrong or is this or that expression of love appropriate, there needs to be another question…

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on the road

December 24, 2019

The one who journeys with purpose is able to negotiate any obstacle. But the wanderer is forever rudderless, tossed by every whim of fashion in the sea of popular opinion…

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December 23, 2019

A Grace before Dinner that you may find useful this Christmas…

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the messengers

December 23, 2019

In more recent years I have had to accept that God often uses people I don’t like too much as messengers…

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December 22, 2019

The Opening Prayer of today’s Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent is the concluding prayer of the “Angelus…

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