living reality

August 18, 2019

The biographies of those named as saints in the church often promote the false idea that a saint is more likely to be an introvert who prefers to hide in a chapel than to engage with the world…

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August 15, 2019

Knowing that we too are invited to this divine life is the whole point of human existence. To miss this point, is to miss the whole point of life…

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Monty’s call

August 10, 2019

By happy coincidence I have spent time this week in the same course of study as a couple of dozen seminarians from the U.S. I have been inspired by their vocations stories and their enthusiasm…

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Mary MacKillop

August 8, 2019

Saints are not saints because they have achieved self-mastery or psychological wholeness. It is not even avoidance of sin that makes a saint so…

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August 6, 2019

The Transfiguration of Jesus is the event that opens the door between earthly ordinariness, days and weeks of routine, mundane and struggling existence, and divine eternity…

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pope to priests

August 5, 2019

I am deeply grateful to those who support me in my desire to live fully as a priest…

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Vocations Awareness Week

August 4, 2019

Thank you to all who are active in promoting diocesan priesthood as a fulfilling, God-centred life of adventure and service…

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August 1, 2019

You might remember beginning every new page of school work with the heading A.M.D.G. recalling that the letters stood for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God…

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living? maybe not!

July 31, 2019

It’s the feast of Ignatius Loyola today and he has helped me to see that my fears and compulsions often tragically lead me to go through days and weeks as if I’m at least half asleep…

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the way of freedom

July 29, 2019

If you sometimes feel driven and trapped by your compulsion and activity you might find this reflection helpful…

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it’s not magic

July 27, 2019

There is a tendency to see prayer as an incantation recited in the hope of magically causing a response. But magic is not what we want. It’s relationship with God that we are seeking…

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July 26, 2019

Thanks be to God for grandparents. You might like to share this post with grandparents who will appreciate some encouragement on this their feast day…

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two saints

July 22, 2019

Jesus certainly doesn’t intend to condemn the attitude of service but rather the breathlessness with which it is sometimes lived…

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two great lights

July 20, 2019

Fifty years on you can’t miss how these astronauts were moved by what they were experiencing, and we can’t help being moved by the same beauty…

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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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