a Galilee experience

September 15, 2010

an adventure that lasts a lifetime In this morning’s mail I received news of the Galilee Experience ’10. Earlier in the year I spent several days around the Sea of Galilee so I paid more attention than usual to…

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a presence that disturbs

September 14, 2010

In the days since I arrived home many people have asked if I miss the people and places that I enjoyed while on sabbatical. My overwhelming feeling is that it is good to be back. At each of the three…

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letter from the bishop

September 12, 2010

Bishop Barry has written a letter read at all Masses in the diocese today (12 September).My brothers and sisters in Christ,As the Holy Spirit brings us together once again for our Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist, I…

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the Sunday after

September 12, 2010

It is evening on the Sunday after the week before. Today at the three OLV Masses people have many stories to share. We reflected together on the effects of last weeks quake and the dozens of unsettling aftershocks. Then. during…

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Praise Be

September 8, 2010

We continue to live in instability and uncertainty here in Christchurch. The after-shocks have continued throughout the day today. One especially strong shake just before 8 this morning reminded us that we are not through this challenge just yet…

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the divine agent

September 7, 2010

Since arriving back on Sunday I have been very aware of the deep vulnerability that the people of our city feel because of the earthquake. On TV, radio and newspapers people speak of the unpredictable power of the quake that…

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48 hours later

September 5, 2010

It is 48 hours since the earthquake hit Christchurch. While the visible effects are noticeable with many buildings destroyed or damaged, there are other less obvious consequences of the quake.In the twenty-four hours since my return, I have…

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earthquake

September 4, 2010

I arrived in Singapore to news of the Christchurch earthquake. In the same email, and in subsequent checking it seems that there have been no deaths. Thanks be to God.As I have seen some of the images I am…

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they lived in hovels

September 2, 2010

When I was in the US in April I attended a lecture given by a young woman who had researched the building of the Milan Cathedral (Duomo). Her work was in the process of becoming a doctoral study that has…

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journey home

September 1, 2010

Later this morning these retreat days conclude and I move to Milan for the last two nights before I arrive home. The flight home leaves Friday night and I arrive back in Christchurch late on Sunday morning (5 September). It…

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you have ALL

August 30, 2010

Yesterday the Asia / Oceania contingent had the opportunity to lunch with Fr. Julian Carron. Fr. Carron is the leader of the Communion & Liberation community. We are a small group (relatively). Most are from Asia with four from Australia…

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spiritual exercises

August 29, 2010

For eight hours yesterday I travelled with fifty others from Rimini (on the Adriatic Coast) to La Thuile in the Aosta region of Italy. The Rimini days have been extraordinary. For a full week almost one million people (mostly young…

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the Rimini Meeting

August 26, 2010

The Rimini Meeting is an extraordinary event. It is thought that this year almost one million people will attend the six day gathering. It is difficult to convey in words the breadth and beauty of the gathering.I am most…

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illness and death

August 25, 2010

It is with sadness that we have prayed in recent weeks for a number of priests of our Christchurch diocese who are suffering ill health, and some who are preparing for death. Quite unexpectedly a few days ago Fr. Miles…

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tomorrow to Rimini

August 22, 2010

Tonight is my last evening with the brothers’ community. Tomorrow I travel to Rimini for the gathering that throughout Italy is known as “The Meeting”.Others can better describe the purpose and events of the meeting:http://www.zenit.orghttp…

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