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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an exercise in freedom

August 19, 2010

This week I heard a radio interview with a young man who had decided to live with as little as possible. His website (cultofless.com) has become one of the more visited personal websites on the planet in recent weeks…

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inspiration for bedtime

August 16, 2010

I slept very well last night.I know why I slept well, and I’m happy to share the secret.At my ordination as a deacon I made a commitment to the daily celebration of the Prayer of the Church…

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missing the point

August 15, 2010

Everyday I receive by email and text message several commentaries on the scriptures of the day. Sometimes these inspirations and encouragements come from the saint of the day as in the earlier days of this month when the Church celebrated…

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Feast of the Assumption

August 14, 2010

The pope is on vacation at the moment. However for the past five years (since his election) he has celebrated the feast of the Assumption at the parish church of Castel Gandolfo just south of Rome.Here is his homily…

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Carmelite interview

August 13, 2010

While reading for the previous blog entry I came across these inspiring Youtube clips from our own Carmelite community in Christchurch. Tap the link to see the interviews.Christchurch secondary school teacher Joseph Houghtoninterviewed Sr Cushla in July 2008 for…

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saint or sinner?

August 13, 2010

I am always saddened when well-known people are pushed into the headlines for inappropriate behaviour. Fifty years ago no one would have known. But today every word and action, every text and email is open to public scrutiny.One…

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a break

August 10, 2010

I’m taking a break from study for a few days – and a break from the computer. So I won’t update here until Saturday.I hear spring has arrived in NZ!John…

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rising sun & ‘ad orientem’

August 9, 2010

This morning I celebrated Mass at the Altar of the Transfiguration in St. Peters. Each morning at 7.00am a number of priests arrive to celebrate Mass at different altars in and beneath the basilica. There is a powerful sense…

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smoking

August 8, 2010

Everyone in Italy smokes. Well, that may not be exactly true. I saw four nuns this afternoon and they didn’t seem to be smoking. They were eating ice-cream. Perhaps they will light up when they finish the gelato…

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Sunday: Mass, brunch, beach?

August 7, 2010

As I write this I am aware that the Vigil Mass at OLV was celebrated an hour ago. Tomorrow morning people will gather to pray before the Blessed Sacrament at 9, then at 10 parishioners will fill the church for…

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transfiguration

August 6, 2010

The Mount of the Transfiguration of Jesus is not too far from the Sea of Galilee. From every direction it rises distinctively from the plain landscape as a solitary hill.In the same way the account of the Transfiguration of…

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white rose petals

August 5, 2010

Today is the feast of the dedication of the Roman basilica of St Mary Major. This ancient church (built from 4th century and restored many times most fully in 1800’s) is one of the four major (or papal) basilicas…

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new blogsite

August 4, 2010

Welcome to this new blogsite. I have enjoyed reflecting aloud in the previous blogs and I am happy to respond positively to those who have suggested that I still keep a blog after my sabbatical is complete early next month…

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Saint Mary MacKillop

August 4, 2010

The Letter below is from the New Zealand Bishops’ Conference and will be read at all Masses in New Zealand this Sunday.New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference Pastoral Letter on Blessed Mary MacKillop Mary MacKillop, a pioneer Australian woman of…

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