very near

July 14, 2019

Last week’s TIME magazine featured the architect Antoni Gaudi and his beautiful basilica of Sagrada Familia.  Gaudi was a holy man…

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July 12, 2019

Late this afternoon we learned that the former Holy Name Seminary in Christchurch is engulfed in flames…

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sleeping alone

July 12, 2019

While loneliness is a painful reality, it is most often the result of grasping at and attaching to things, projects and people we mistakenly think will bring us happiness…

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July 11, 2019

It’s no surprise that any of us when making a decision might struggle to separate the noise and clamour of others’ opinions from the voice of God…

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in pairs

July 7, 2019

The one who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much they may surround themselves with people…

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mature faith

July 3, 2019

Thomas was not a doubter. Instead he was an adult seeking the verification that all adults need if we are to truly believe…

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yes but

July 1, 2019

We might even justify our resistance by suggesting that if we keep on with our current projects for a bit longer we will be able to give Him much more in the future…

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under construction

June 27, 2019

St Bede’s College in Christchurch is building a new chapel and this morning at the College Mass Bishop Paul Martin SM used the image of a chapel under construction in this homily…

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June 25, 2019

Food For Faith made it to the Press this morning offering a comment on the unprecedented opportunity Bishop Martin is giving Christchurch Catholics to be a part of springtime of faith in the diocese…

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the pointer

June 24, 2019

John the Baptiser is the patron of our Catholic diocese of Christchurch and today celebrate this feast of his birth…

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June 21, 2019

It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking…

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Be Praised!

June 19, 2019

It is four years this week since Pope Francis published his encyclical on the environment Be Praised addressed to “every person living on this planet…

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following desire

June 17, 2019

In every moment, any human is motivated by attraction, or by resistance. Those who are beginners in life’s journey simply go with attraction and act against whatever they consider to be distasteful…

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June 13, 2019

The Sign of the Cross is not simply a tidy way of beginning and ending times of prayer, but a full prayer in itself whenever prayed…

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a new harmony

June 10, 2019

There is always a temptation to build “nests”, to cling to our little group, to the things and people we like, to resist all contamination. It is only a small step from a nest to a sect…

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