perspective

June 2, 2010

One of the most effective stories I use is borrowed from Robert Wicks, an American psychologist. He tells of the young woman leaving home to study in a far-off city. After some months she writes to her father who…

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lots of weather

May 28, 2010

I once heard a visitor to New Zealand say that New Zealanders always seem to be talking about the weather. It’s not true of course, we don’t always talk about weather, but many of our conversations do begin…

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sabbatical update (newsletter note)

May 26, 2010

a note for Parish NewsletterSt Therese of Lisieux, Chatham Islands Our Lady of Victories, SockburnSunday 30 May 2010Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost. Pentecost is fifty days after Easter (the Greek word for Pentecost is ‘fifty’: seven times seven weeks, and…

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slow food

May 25, 2010

It doesn’t take much to get me thinking about food and wine.Much of the time I succumb to the smash, grab, bolt and run approach. I smash into the packaging, grab a few ingredients and bolt the food…

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a luminous path: pope’s Pentecost homily

May 25, 2010

Some encouragement from Pope Benedict’s Pentecost homily 2010.You can read the full homily in English by tapping here or on the imageA taster: the final paragraphs of the homily:At Pentecost the Holy Spirit is manifest as fire…

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Pope Benedict Pentecost homily

May 24, 2010

Wednesday 27 MayTap here for the full English Translation of Pope Benedict’s Pentecost homilyMonday 25 MayIn St Peter’s basilica yesterday morning Pope Benedict preached in Italian. I have to wait for the translation online to know what he…

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Pentecost Sunday Mass

May 23, 2010

This morning I wanted to celebrate the birthday of the Church with the whole Church in a very visible way. I could have gone to the chapel downstairs with the brothers, but being in Rome gave the chance to be…

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a pentecost invitation

May 23, 2010

Last week I read a reflection from the Constitution on the Church in preparation for today’s feast of Pentecost. There was a line there I had not noticed before: The Holy Spirit “enables the Church to grow young…” That…

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future of the Church

May 22, 2010

Last week Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin addressed the state of the Church in Ireland. His address is timely not only for the issues the Church faces at present, but also as a preparation for our celebration the feast of…

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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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