I was back in my hometown of Timaru this weekend celebrating the Vigil Mass at Sacred Heart Basilica, a church I have known since my youth. Here is the homily I shared at the Mass for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
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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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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.
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 …
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they could have rushed back home to see the faces of their family and watch The Chase before dinner.
For you are the living temple of God. Open up that temple, make it spacious, give it height.
With Christ we are freed from the trap of following every fad, fashion, celebrity or opinion.
These complications are very useful, and make the watch more… complicated.
This divine dressing is not a lengthy process needing skilled tailors and holy-wardrobe assistants.