hometown stories

hometown stories

Two thousand years ago Nazareth, the home-town of Jesus, was very small with a population of only about 400 people. This means that everyone would have known everyone else. Yesterday was my last Sunday in the Hurunui and the morning Mass at Amberley was my final...

hometown stories

hometown stories

Two thousand years ago Nazareth, the home-town of Jesus, was very small with a population of only about 400 people. This means that everyone would have known everyone else. Yesterday was my last Sunday in the Hurunui and the morning Mass at Amberley was my final...

rising sun & ‘ad orientem’

This morning I celebrated Mass at the Altar of the Transfiguration in St. Peters. Each morning at 7.00am a number of priests arrive to celebrate Mass at different altars in and beneath the basilica. There is a powerful sense that the real work of God is happening...

smoking

smoking

Everyone in Italy smokes. Well, that may not be exactly true. I saw four nuns this afternoon and they didn't seem to be smoking. They were eating ice-cream. Perhaps they will light up when they finish the gelato? There is smoking at restaurants and on the streets. Old...

Sunday: Mass, brunch, beach?

As I write this I am aware that the Vigil Mass at OLV was celebrated an hour ago. Tomorrow morning people will gather to pray before the Blessed Sacrament at 9, then at 10 parishioners will fill the church for the Sunday morning Mass. Again at 4 people will gather for...

transfiguration

The Mount of the Transfiguration of Jesus is not too far from the Sea of Galilee. From every direction it rises distinctively from the plain landscape as a solitary hill.In the same way the account of the Transfiguration of Jesus rises up almost from nowhere in the...