A life lived abundantly will touch the reality of suffering and death daily.
By looking at the graves, before which countless memories return, we remember how they lived, what they loved, what they feared, what they hoped for and what they hated.
The experiences that feel like death are very often more like a birth offering different opportunities and invitations.
The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits, and priorities.
I have often quoted the High School principal who when asked to name the specific reason for the existence of her school responded: “We exist to prepare our students for death.”
We spend most of our lives running from death and the daily moments that feel deathly. We do our best to avoid such uncomfortable realities and expend time, energy and resources trying to avoid anything that hints at death.
Grief is the price we pay for love, and this week the many family and friends who love and are loved by Fr. Graeme Blackburn have been gripped by grief at his tragic...
This week the End of Life Choice bill has been debated in the New Zealand parliament resulting in the decision to send the bill to Select Committee and consult citizens...
It is 40 years ago today that my paternal grandfather William O'Connor died. Grandad spent the last few weeks of his life not on the Gray's Corner Farm where he had...
Every week I spend time with people who are carrying the burden of grief. I know that there is little I can do or say to ease the pain. While I learnt some grief theory...
Lectio Divina (20 Minutes) for Tuesday of Week Ten in Ordinary Time.
H easy it is for humans to forget what is essential and to become preoccupied with what is less necessary and even trivial.
Knowing that we are held in God’s loving embrace in every moment we have no need to turn to superstition
The Sign of the Cross is not simply a tidy way of beginning and ending times of prayer, but a prayer in itself
Jesus did not make the disciples into uniformed robots capable of satisfying little more than the letter or religious law