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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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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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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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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