the little gifts

December 2, 2020

one parishioner couldn’t make out why the promised eternal banquet would include “fine Australian wines…

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simple & sense-able

December 1, 2020

The wise and learned character in this ancient tale is not any of the sycophantic subjects of the ruler, but the child…

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THE conversation

November 30, 2020

Andrew and John were seekers, full of the restlessness of early adulthood, and confident that there must be more to life than fishing…

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our default setting

November 29, 2020

So much that is taught and written about prayer serves only to convince us that prayer is a complex project to be mastered…

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the river of life

November 28, 2020

While some rivers are deep and fast-flowing in an unwavering channel through valleys and across countryside, the braided Canterbury rivers are changeable…

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the unexpected

November 26, 2020

Many of life’s greatest blessings come to us in unexpected ways, at unexpected times and through unexpected people and events…

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Christ the King

November 21, 2020

The fact of our limited time on earth brings a clarity to our vision helping us to keep the struggles of earthly existence in a broader, deeper, eternal and loving divine perspective…

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All Souls

November 2, 2020

By looking at the graves, before which countless memories return, we remember how they lived, what they loved, what they feared, what they hoped for and what they hated…

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All Saints

November 1, 2020

On this day, the feast of All Saints, in the year 1541, Michaelangelo‘s Last Judgement was unveiled on the rear wall of the Sistine Chapel…

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October 31, 2020

Too often our proclamation of the Good News has little to do with Jesus Christ, and and is reduced to a moral and legal code focussed on rules, regulations and obligations…

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October 18, 2020

You might like to try reading through the Gospel of Luke and then pick up the Acts of the Apostles which continues where the Gospel of Luke leaves off…

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a long night

October 15, 2020

The emotional and therefore spiritual life of a person requires more fully matured senses, not childish undeveloped senses like the psalmist’s idols who  “have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see…

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prophetic hope

October 11, 2020

We feel bound to disagree with these prophets of misfortune who are forever forecasting calamity…

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beads & thumbs

October 7, 2020

And then there were most other times when I realised that I had got to the end of a decade or even through the five decades and realised that my mind had been all over the place the entire time…

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into great silence

October 6, 2020

In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back to him. Sixteen years later, they were ready…

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