Podcasts

Food for Faith now offers three podcasts. You can scroll down to view all the latest episodes or click these links to view each individual podcast:

Lectio Divina - daily prayer with the scriptures

Homily Studio - weekly discussions on the sunday scriptures

Food for Faith - talks and reflections from fr john o'connor

Homily Studio – Sunday 16 June 2024

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Homily Studio - Sunday 16 June 2024
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Join Jelvine Cortez, Kate Kearins, Colin MacLeod and Triona Doocey reflecting on the scriptures for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

My apologies for this Homily Studio arriving a little later than usual.

Read the scriptures for this Sunday at this link.

a friend within

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a friend within
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Over the decades I have celebrated and attended many funerals, including the rites of Christian Burial (to use the formal name) for many priests.

It is relatively rare for the eulogies and homilies given at these funerals to get to the heart of the matter.  Very often the focus is on the earthly achievements of the person with stories told of grandad’s golf and grandma’s baking, of Father’s Monday hobbies and parish organisational skills.

Very often a person of great faith is buried without a mention of their great faith.

One funeral last week was very different.

Anton McLean was a diocesan priest who had made his home in recent years among the people of my home diocese of Christchurch. I had great love and respect for Anton, and was not surprised when a Press obituary referred to him as “a friend of Jesus.”

There is no greater praise for a priest – or for any person.

I thought you might like to hear one of the most powerful funeral homilies I have ever heard for a priest.

While John was sharing a eulogy rather than a homily it is my hope and prayer that we might learn both from Anton’s life and from John’s reflection to seek more passionately (as Anton did) the ultimate relationship with (as Anton reflected in the title of his book – available at this link) Jesus A Friend Within.

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Read the scriptures for Wednesday of Week Ten in Ordinary Time at this link.

Monday 10 June 2023

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Food for Faith Podcasts
Monday 10 June 2023
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My apologies for the irregular Lectio Divina podcasts in recent days. Thank you for your emails letting me know that you are not receiving these. The problem should be solved now.

Read the scriptures for Monday of Week Ten in Ordinary Time at this link.

Homily Studio – Sunday 9 June 2024

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Food for Faith Podcasts
Homily Studio - Sunday 9 June 2024
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Join Triona Doocey, Chris Duthie-Jung & David Moxon in conversation reflecting on the scriptures for the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Read the scriptures for this Sunday at this link.

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