a good start

May 29, 2019

it is possible for an intelligent man, representing the people, to integrate faith and life in twenty-first century New Zealand…

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May 23, 2019

And this is a problem we share. We are all runners – running from God’s love, escaping the relationship in which we are most loved…

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a new church

May 21, 2019

Now that you have this beautiful church, use it! Use it for precisely what it is for, not as one more secular town venue among many, but as a sacred place, a prime place of encounter with Jesus Christ…

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faith & freedom

May 19, 2019

Last week’s sacking of Australian Rugby star Israel Folau probably might signal a change in our New Zealand position of diversity of freedom and lifestyle…

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May 13, 2019

I have noticed in recent years that regular First Communion preparation programmes do little to convey the beauty and vibrancy of Catholic faith…

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more human

May 7, 2019

I have met a few saints in my time and I have no doubt that Jean Vanier is one of them. It is with sadness today that we learnt of his death…

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breadth of life

May 4, 2019

This is the last of the three conversations with Vatican Astronomer Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ on his visit to Christchurch earlier in the week…

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stars & faith & life

May 3, 2019

Br. Guy went well beyond the expectations of these young people with profound reflections on life and love, hope and joy and discernment of life choices…

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the bigger picture

May 2, 2019

Here is the first of my conversations with Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ, Vatican Astronomer on his visit to Christchurch this week…

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liturgy alive

April 29, 2019

My liturgical formation began as a young child at Mass, watching, listening, noticing and questioning. Somewhere back then I picked up that the Mass was something that God was doing…

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locked doors

April 28, 2019

While a smaller side door was unlocked during daylight hours the view from the road proclaimed loudly “this church is closed…

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divine mercy

April 26, 2019

It is easy to be sceptical about an individual’s experience of Jesus. Perhaps this is because we do not trust our own personal experience of the power of God made known to us? Maybe we feel as though such…

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it is the Lord

April 26, 2019

I like the ordinariness of the question. Jesus asks them not about their level of faith and love (that will come soon) but about fishing…

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a new dawn

April 25, 2019

When we gain a free land we usually fall into captivity in other more insidious ways becoming prisoners to ideologies, to consumerism and capitalism and slaves to fashion, business and busy-ness…

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