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architecture expressing theology

It was encouraging to receive a number of emails, all of them very positive, about Thursday night's Denis McNamara lecture. The session was well attended, and some of...

into the future

Every now and then I check the stats for this blog. These tell me a number of things, including how many people have visited the blog, and where they live.  Over the...

white rabbits

It is the first day of a new month, and I thought that yesterday's feast of St Ignatius of Loyola might provide a helpful "white rabbits" reflection.Many of us remember...

"but there was a difference…"

For the feast of Ignatius of Loyola today the second reading (below in blue) from the Office of Readings is the perfect intro to Ignatius 'discovery' of the method for...

Pope Francis – an extraordinary interview

On the flight to Brazil last week for World Youth Day, Pope Francis promised the journalists aboard his flight that he would speak with them on the return journey. None...

Cathedral – "beauty and sophistication"

From this morning's Christchurch Press: Denis McNamara visits the cathedral.http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/8978518/Expert-hails-Catholic-cathedral

architecture, heaven & reform

Parts nine and ten of Denis McNamara's video series on Church architecture is available at this link: 9. Architecture & Heaven 10. Vatican II & ReformRefer to the blog...

WYD 2016…

As World Youth Day Rio 2013 drew to a close, Pope Francis announced that the next WYD will take place in 2016 in Krakow, Poland.the video clip of the announcement is at...

go, without fear, to serve

Sunday morning in Rio, Pope Francis celebrated the Mass that closed the events of the World Youth Day 2013. There were 3 million people present for the Mass on...

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laughter

laughter

Today is widely marked as April Fool’s Day and already social media is flowing with some ingenious pranks. We have all been the victims of good-humoured jokes, and most of us have initiated a few ourselves. Laughter is a great gift, and most of us do not indulge...

just fishing

just fishing

Here in New Zealand, today marks the end of the tax year. While a number of businesses start and finish their year at other times, 31 March looms large as an annual moment of accountability when financial successes and failures are measured. I heard recently the story...

the bells

the bells

A number of people have commented that this "Monastery Bells" Food For Faith clip (first published a few months ago) is one of their favourite FFF posts.  It is one of my favourites as well and was written on my return from a weekend retreat in a monastery near...

hope in a pocket

hope in a pocket

We all carry burdens, anxieties, and concerns for those we love. We worry about ourselves and our future. Have you ever thought of carrying something that actually helps you? Pope Francis gives some good advice on this.

seeing reality

seeing reality

CAN I LIVE WITHOUT CHRIST IN MY GAZE? It seems obvious to answer this question with a ‘yes’.  We all know many people who would say they do not believe in Christ and yet they are still breathing. They are alive. OR, IS CHRIST ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE? The question is a bit...