tuned in to God

January 21, 2019

We find happiness in life when we are tuned to the voice of God. How can we do this in the midst of the many noises that surround and bombard us…

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not too tight…

January 19, 2019

New Zealander’s were ingenious in making good use of old 44 gallon steel drums turning them into everything from outdoor ovens to boundary fences and chairs…you name it. I often think of these drums when I remember…

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January 17, 2019

On Tuesday evening this week John’s life on earth came to a peaceful close. A couple of years ago before one Sunday Morning 8.30am Mass at Hawarden I noticed John and Edith arrive early as they often did…

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in faith and hope

January 15, 2019

You know my resting and my rising. You discern my purpose from afar, and with love everlasting you besiege me: In every moment of life or death, you are…

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the day life began

January 12, 2019

Human life for too many people is an exhausting existence of grasping at whatever will bring pleasure for a night, or working at a project that will at best deliver only fleeting prosperity and glory…

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the first Mass

January 9, 2019

181 years ago this weekend, 13 January 1838, the first Catholic Mass was celebrated on Aotearoa New Zealand soil. Bishop Pompallier had arrived in the country a couple of days earlier. Here is the account of the event in from…

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January 5, 2019

This is the effect on the one who has encountered the person of Jesus. We are never again fully at home on earth, even in the fulness of all that our world has to offer. We are drawn to a…

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December 31, 2018

This is the last email for “Food For Faith for Advent 2018” subscribers. I thought you might appreciate a New Year encouragement…

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art & beauty & life

December 28, 2018

One news report says that she lives in “isolation” but she would never say that of herself. As these brief clips below show the heart of her life was relationship with God and therefore she was never alone…

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how sense-able

December 27, 2018

“The greatest joy in life is to feel Jesus Christ alive and beating in the flesh of your own thought and your own heart. All the rest is a swift illusion or dung…

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love in action

December 25, 2018

“if we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our “enlightened” reason. We must set aside our false certainties, our intellectual pride, which prevents us from recognising God…

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on the road

December 24, 2018

The one who journeys with purpose is able to negotiate any obstacle. But the wanderer is forever rudderless, tossed by every whim of fashion in the sea of popular opinion…

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December 23, 2018

The Opening Prayer (or “Collect” of today’s Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent is the concluding prayer of the “Angelus…

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