church building

March 1, 2014

I was speaking to a Christchurch diocese parishioner a few weeks ago who is a part of her parish committee preparing to rebuild their parish church. I was surprised to hear her suggest that while their “century-old” church was…

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one year ago

February 28, 2014

It was one year ago today that Pope Benedict’s resignation took effect. This event opened the way for the conclave that elected Pope Francis. You can watch many of the events of that day at this link…

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bridging the gap

February 23, 2014

Most of us, much of the time, feel a distance between ourselves and God. It is commonly understood that the task of the human is to climb to to God, to ascend to heaven. What we forget is that God…

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friendship in faith

February 21, 2014

Some readers are curious to know more of Luigi Giussani, and his charism reflected in the movement Communion & Liberation. Every month around the world there are dozens of events helping people to focus on Christ in the midst of…

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salt & light tv

February 15, 2014

Around the world in the past decade or two, some very good Catholic Television networks have become significant communicators of the Gospel. Unless you have a special satellite dish installed at your home, these networks are not yet available in…

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ChCh Faithfest

February 10, 2014

Today I received a brief, four minute video clip of the Christchurch Diocese Faithfest Mass celebrated on the feast of Christ the King, to conclude the Year of Faith. Now that the Year of Faith is concluded, we move on…

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imagine the scene

January 21, 2014

Last Sunday Pope Francis invited parishioners in one of his diocesan parishes to engage their imaginations in prayer. He then gave them a practical experience of this prayer. During the brief homily he invited the people: “…let us close our…

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abundantly living

January 9, 2014

It’s a week into the new year, and you may have already given up on your new year’s resolutions. Here is a unique resolution, guaranteed to bring you a more abundant life. In the midst of your busy…

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greatest attraction

January 7, 2014

In the past couple of posts (listen and read) I have reflected on Pope Francis’ Epiphany homily in which he challenges us to take the example of the Magi by avoiding the darkness and following the light. The greatest opportunity…

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creatively Bach

January 4, 2014

Perhaps the greatest musical family of all time was the Bach clan who over a couple of hundred years produced fifty significant composers and musicians including Johann Sebastian Bach. It was J.S. Bach who distracted me in the midst…

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January 2, 2014

A brief email conversation with a friend a couple of days ago got me thinking about beauty. It is commonly commented that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but certainly the human eye  (and mind and heart) can…

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who needs tv

December 31, 2013

Who needs TV when you can find videos like this one online. In 2006 English historian Simon Schama presented a BBC series on the Power of Art. In each of the eight episodes he examines the work of an artist…

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Sagrada Familia

December 28, 2013

One of the must-see places in Spain is the Basilica of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It is 130 years since construction of this magnificent church began, and it is still many decades (at least) from completion. In the years…

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woman of faith

December 26, 2013

Twelve months ago after seeing Queen Elizabeth’s 2012 Christmas Message, I uploaded the clip adding that this was the reflection of a woman of faith. This year, sixty years after her coronation, she remains a woman of strong Christian…

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how unexpected

December 23, 2013

The Christian community often struggles to be an effective communicator of the heart of the life of Faith. Thanks to St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Auckland who in this brief and brilliant Christmas clip get a 10 out of…

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