August 6, 2019

The Transfiguration of Jesus is the event that opens the door between earthly ordinariness, days and weeks of routine, mundane and struggling existence, and divine eternity…

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pope to priests

August 5, 2019

I am deeply grateful to those who support me in my desire to live fully as a priest…

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Vocations Awareness Week

August 4, 2019

Thank you to all who are active in promoting diocesan priesthood as a fulfilling, God-centred life of adventure and service…

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August 1, 2019

You might remember beginning every new page of school work with the heading A.M.D.G. recalling that the letters stood for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God…

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living? maybe not!

July 31, 2019

It’s the feast of Ignatius Loyola today and he has helped me to see that my fears and compulsions often tragically lead me to go through days and weeks as if I’m at least half asleep…

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the way of freedom

July 29, 2019

If you sometimes feel driven and trapped by your compulsion and activity you might find this reflection helpful…

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it’s not magic

July 27, 2019

There is a tendency to see prayer as an incantation recited in the hope of magically causing a response. But magic is not what we want. It’s relationship with God that we are seeking…

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July 26, 2019

Thanks be to God for grandparents. You might like to share this post with grandparents who will appreciate some encouragement on this their feast day…

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two saints

July 22, 2019

Jesus certainly doesn’t intend to condemn the attitude of service but rather the breathlessness with which it is sometimes lived…

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two great lights

July 20, 2019

Fifty years on you can’t miss how these astronauts were moved by what they were experiencing, and we can’t help being moved by the same beauty…

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very near

July 14, 2019

Last week’s TIME magazine featured the architect Antoni Gaudi and his beautiful basilica of Sagrada Familia.  Gaudi was a holy man…

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July 12, 2019

Late this afternoon we learned that the former Holy Name Seminary in Christchurch is engulfed in flames…

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sleeping alone

July 12, 2019

While loneliness is a painful reality, it is most often the result of grasping at and attaching to things, projects and people we mistakenly think will bring us happiness…

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July 11, 2019

It’s no surprise that any of us when making a decision might struggle to separate the noise and clamour of others’ opinions from the voice of God…

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in pairs

July 7, 2019

The one who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much they may surround themselves with people…

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