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Traces in December

Traces in December

One of the highlights of my monthly reading is the Traces magazine of the Communion & Liberation community. A couple of months ago the decision was taken to no...

woman of faith

woman of faith

Twelve months ago after seeing Queen Elizabeth's 2012 Christmas Message, I uploaded the clip adding that this was the reflection of a woman of faith. This year, sixty...

dawn from on high

dawn from on high

It is a glorious morning here in Cheviot. I prayed sitting in the garden, the only sounds coming from neighbour's children no doubt enjoying Christmas presents. The...

Christmas poster

Christmas poster

Each year the Communion & Liberation community marks the feasts of Christmas and Easter with a poster that brings together beautiful art with inspiring text. You...

how unexpected

how unexpected

The Christian community often struggles to be an effective communicator of the heart of the life of Faith. Thanks to St. Paul's Anglican Church in Auckland who in this...

nativity difficulty

nativity difficulty

Earlier today I visited the home of parishioners who had just finished setting up a nativity scene in their living room. It was prepared with love, beautifully created,...

seven more sleeps

seven more sleeps

In the Prayer of the Church, prayed through the hours of each day by many Christians, and which priests and many Religious communities pray on behalf of all people, the...

Handel’s Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

One of the disadvantages of living in Cheviot (population 400) is that the inspiring and perennial Handel oratorio Messiah is not performed locally. As a result I find...

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