more human

May 7, 2019

I have met a few saints in my time and I have no doubt that Jean Vanier is one of them. It is with sadness today that we learnt of his death…

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Oscars inspiration

February 25, 2019

There are some some notable exceptions including Matthew McConaughey’s 2015 acceptance speech when awarded the Best Actor Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club…

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the new and the old

February 23, 2019

Buildings are important. The best of them are not only at the service of the people but by their beauty they lift our minds and hearts above what is simply routine and mundane…

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tuned in to God

January 21, 2019

We find happiness in life when we are tuned to the voice of God. How can we do this in the midst of the many noises that surround and bombard us…

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being real

November 3, 2018

Somewhere we picked up the false idea that highs mean happy and lows mean sad…

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Bono & Eugene

October 25, 2018

When a young person dies from illness or accident it is hard for us to see past the tragedy. When an elderly person of faith dies we can be helped to understand that all death is an invitation to fuller…

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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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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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