Trinity Sunday

May 27, 2018

Preachers all over the world will be wondering what to say in a homily for this weekend’s feast of the Trinity. I hope this reflection helps. The Trinity is known to be a mystery, but a mystery is often…

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maturing faith

May 23, 2018

“…This is different. This isn’t the same as the Easter bunny. This is mature. This is chilling. This is important. This isn’t something that is trivial, and is not something that I think I will ever outgrow whatever…

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Pentecost fire

May 20, 2018

Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the royal wedding was inspiring and makes an ideal reflection for today’s great feast of Pentecost. I especially enjoyed when the bishop’s passion even caused the candlesticks to vibrate – but many of…

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power of words

April 16, 2018

A few days ago the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King passed quietly. While the anniversary is significant in the process of movement towards civil rights for all people and an acknowledgement of the great leadership of…

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Suzanne Aubert

April 7, 2018

Only God can make saints, but is a great help to us when one who walked our own land is named by the church as being with God in heaven. We are encouraged in our own life with God when…

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rise up

April 2, 2018

Around the world in these Easter days hundreds of thousands of preachers have done their best to communicate the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus to hungry congregations. I suspect that few have hit the mark as well as Fr…

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Easter

April 1, 2018

The bronze sculpture above will be recognised by many as the magnificent tabernacle doors from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. These doors made by the Christchurch Sculptor Ria Bancroft, and since the earthquake which destroyed the cathedral in 2011…

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Good Friday

March 30, 2018

There is one moment in the year when  Christians around the world gather at the same hour, 3.00pm on Good Friday for the celebration of the Lord’s Passion. This is one of the best attended liturgies in the…

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the Triduum

March 29, 2018

These three days, from Holy Thursday evening until the Saturday evening Vigil of Easter, are at the heart of our life as Christians and therefore the core of our human existence. An Invitation   I find it helpful to live…

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Palm Sunday

March 24, 2018

It’s Palm Sunday this weekend, the day that marks the end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. You will notice in the Palm Sunday gospel that people are shouting in praise of Jesus and laying palm branches…

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realignment

March 21, 2018

With my new appointments I am appreciating the opportunity to be available for group reflection sessions. After a couple of sessions last week in one Christchurch parish last night I was in another (reflecting on prayer and discernment) and I…

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greatest journey

March 15, 2018

Today’s first reading tells of a mountain-top encounter between God and Moses. God tells Moses to head back down the mountain because the people are in the process of creating their own God – a golden calf. Without an…

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rest

March 10, 2018

Do you ever find that you long for a break from the busyness of life, the weekend comes and goes, and on Monday you wake with the feeling that you need another weekend? This might have something to do with…

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prayer

March 7, 2018

Prayer is much easier than most of us think since prayer is our default setting, the most natural way of being in 24/7 relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope you find this brief video clip a helpful encouragement for…

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success

February 28, 2018

What is that you hope for your children? In today’s gospel reading we meet the “mother of the sons of Zebedee.” She was ambitious for her boys, but in the conversation with Jesus she comes to see that something…

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