Thirty years ago I contacted Leonie because of her reputation for knowing how to teach people to communicate. Over the years since she became a good friend and this afternoon I had the privilege of celebrating her Funeral Mass. I am happy to share here the homily I gave at Leonie’s funeral. Thank you also to Michael Collins, organist at Leonie’s funeral.
Food for Faith
If you are seeking maturity in faith, you might find these reflections helpful. Talks, lectures, retreats, and other reflections from Fr John O’Connor.
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A reflection on prayer as an engagement with reality.
A reflection on the well-known parable of the father and his sons
A reflection on freedom, first broadcast in Lent, using the example of Jesus’ encounter with a rich young man.
Too often religion is used to justify attacks on bad behaviour. Here’s a different perspective: our acknowledged sin is our capacity for Jesus. This awareness is the birth of real self-esteem.
Fr. John O’Connor speaks to over 100 18-35 year-olds a couple of years ago at the national Aotearoa NZ Hearts Aflame gathering.
This reflection will be of special interest if you or someone you love is suffering with poor health.
This podcast reflects on the call of Moses: “Take off your shoes Moses, for the ground you stand on is holy ground.” Take a moment with this reflection to consider that you are standing on holy ground today.
If you never experience temptation you won’t find this brief podcast very interesting at all. However if you’re anything like me …
Here’s a way of understanding family that really gives hope.
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May we attain your promises, which surpass every human desire.
Humans too often make the fatal mistake of separating body and soul.
Saints are not saints because they have achieved self-mastery or psychological wholeness. It is not even avoidance of sin that makes a saint so.
If you’re like me there are a dozen and more things pressing for centre space in your life