Orvieto: life on a volcano

May 21, 2010

Last week I spent three days with friends in the Umbrian town of Orvieto. The town is built atop a hill, a volcano. You would think I would be wise to keep away from volcanoes after the pilgrimage experience. But…

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appreciating contemplation

May 19, 2010

I have spent the past few days in small towns. Eight hundred years ago Sts. Francis & Clare lived in Assisi. They still live. The hillside town of Assisi in Umbria transforms tourists into pilgrims. This is a place of…

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Ascension Thursday

May 13, 2010

It is the feast of the Ascension today in Rome. In NZ this will be celebrated on Sunday.This morning I celebrated Mass in St Peter’s Basilica especially for the people of the Chatham Islands, and especially those of…

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discipline

May 12, 2010

“discipline” (def.)Like me, most people think first of the negative when hearing the word ‘discipline’. The word recalls my all too frequent experience of being caned at school. Somehow my elders had convinced me that this was good for…

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getting used to new surroundings

May 11, 2010

It is now Tuesday but I’m still savouring Sunday. It is strange not celebrating three Sunday Masses. For me Sunday Mass here was at 11am when I accompanied some of the brothers from this house to a Church in…

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sabbatical begins

May 8, 2010

As the pilgrimage blog draws to a close several people have asked that I keep a sabbatical blog. I’m happy to do this, given that people are free to come and look or not. Every now and then I…

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sabbatical begins

May 8, 2010

As the pilgrimage blog draws to a close several people have asked that I keep a sabbatical blog. I’m happy to do this, given that people are free to come and look or not. Every now and then I…

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Holy Land Pilgrimage 2010

April 4, 2010

Jerusalem is a modern city. It has a bustling daily life and locals and tourists swarm every quarter. Jerusalem is the HOLY city for the three great monotheistic faiths. Abraham (our Christian ‘father in faith’ is also ‘father’ for the…

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