architecture
church beauty

church beauty

We call things beautiful when they reveal to us their inner essence, their reality as understood in the mind of God

a cathedral teaches

a cathedral teaches

There is an old adage that we build our buildings and then our buildings build us. This is most true of a Catholic church

building blocks

building blocks

Today's offering from The Liturgy Guys is especially timely for the parishes in our Christchurch diocese that are in the process of building or restoring churches. The...

build or restore?

build or restore?

The gift of Tradition In recent months I have been invited to meetings at several Christchurch Diocese parishes which are facing the building or restoring of churches...

over the hill

over the hill

On Tuesday afternoon I drove "over the hill" to the West Coast for an evening adult formation session for the parishes of the West Coast. The drive across the alps was...

a new earth

a new earth

This week-end's (6 August) feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus has got me thinking again about church building. Let me explain the connection. In recent weeks I have...

building a church

building a church

Five years on from the devastating Canterbury earthquakes, a number of parishes around the diocese are looking to build new churches to replace destroyed and damaged...

building beauty

building beauty

One of my classes this morning with Denis McNamara got me thinking anew about beauty. It is commonly commented that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but certainly...

church building

church building

I was speaking to a Christchurch diocese parishioner a few weeks ago who is a part of her parish committee preparing to rebuild their parish church. I was surprised to...

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

One of the must-see places in Spain is the Basilica of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It is 130 years since construction of this magnificent church began, and it is...

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sabbatical update

sabbatical update

I’m like Thomas. I need to experience Christ. Happy Feast Day to all of us who seek greater maturity of faith

growing up

growing up

Thomas was not doubting as much as seeking; he was expressing the desire of one who truly yearns for adult faith.

another way

another way

Surely the real mortality in our sin is not any particular action or omission itself, but what we do after we realise our sin

matariki

matariki

I have no doubt that God used the stars to shift my focus from my own failures and successes to the God I was seeking to follow.

a friend within

a friend within

Let’s learn both from Anton’s life and from John’s reflection to seek more passionately the ultimate relationship