a lonely place

February 9, 2019

That’s an interesting choice of words from Jesus, not just a call to be alone, but an invitation to embrace loneliness…

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Bishop Peter Carrell

February 9, 2019

The Christian community of Christchurch rejoices today with the Episcopal Ordination and Installation of The Reverend Doctor Peter Carrell as the ninth bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch. The Catholic Bishop of Christchurch Paul Martin SM was invited to…

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culture & faith

February 6, 2019

Today we mark 179 years since the first signatures were put to the Treaty of Waitangi on Thursday 6 February 1840. Rightly this day is a public holiday in New Zealand, and the day is most commonly referred to as…

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love is…

February 2, 2019

I was speaking with a married couple a few years ago who argued that marriage was a secular ceremony and there was no need for any religion in the service…

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passion & gift

February 1, 2019

“Fr. Paul has had a long and varied career with the Catholic Church, which is often the case when you follow a vocation into the priesthood…

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redefining family

January 29, 2019

Our definitions of family are often too narrow, certainly more restrictive than the beautifully diverse reality that is family life in 2019. Listen to my 3 minute homily at this link…

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a distant God? NOT!

January 28, 2019

Often we too behave like the neighbours in Nazareth: we prefer a distant God: nice, good, generous, well depicted, yet far-off, and above all a God who does not inconvenience us…

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sixty years today

January 24, 2019

The decision to hold an ecumenical council came to us in the first instance in a sudden flash of inspiration. We communicated this decision, without elaboration, to the Sacred College of Cardinals on that memorable January 25, 1959, the feast…

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tuned in to God

January 21, 2019

We find happiness in life when we are tuned to the voice of God. How can we do this in the midst of the many noises that surround and bombard us…

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not too tight…

January 19, 2019

New Zealander’s were ingenious in making good use of old 44 gallon steel drums turning them into everything from outdoor ovens to boundary fences and chairs…you name it. I often think of these drums when I remember…

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January 17, 2019

On Tuesday evening this week John’s life on earth came to a peaceful close. A couple of years ago before one Sunday Morning 8.30am Mass at Hawarden I noticed John and Edith arrive early as they often did…

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in faith and hope

January 15, 2019

You know my resting and my rising. You discern my purpose from afar, and with love everlasting you besiege me: In every moment of life or death, you are…

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the day life began

January 12, 2019

Human life for too many people is an exhausting existence of grasping at whatever will bring pleasure for a night, or working at a project that will at best deliver only fleeting prosperity and glory…

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the first Mass

January 9, 2019

181 years ago this weekend, 13 January 1838, the first Catholic Mass was celebrated on Aotearoa New Zealand soil. Bishop Pompallier had arrived in the country a couple of days earlier. Here is the account of the event in from…

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January 5, 2019

This is the effect on the one who has encountered the person of Jesus. We are never again fully at home on earth, even in the fulness of all that our world has to offer. We are drawn to a…

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