Desire
with full hearts

with full hearts

May we attain your promises, which surpass every human desire.

let go the net

let go the net

It is commonly wrongly thought that the call of God is at odds with our deepest human longings. But when we do set out on the paths that God has revealed, we discover that we are truly ourselves.

to forgive

to forgive

My lack of forgiveness rarely affects the one who has caused my pain, but it has a huge negative effect on me emotionally, physically, psychologically and therefore spiritually.

our holy longing

our holy longing

While at times we are faced with decisions involving good and evil, most often our choices are between something good, something better, and perhaps a best option.

easily pleased

easily pleased

It’s 56 years today since CS Lewis died. One of my favourite Lewis quotes is about the boy making mud-pies: “…We are far too easily pleased”

following desire

following desire

In every moment, any human is motivated by attraction, or by resistance. Those who are beginners in life’s journey simply go with attraction and act against whatever they consider to be distasteful.

can I be sure?

can I be sure?

The mature person of prayer knows that the deepest human desire is not to have our little prayers magically answered, but to know that God is with us in our joys, hopes, griefs and anxieties.

fully human

fully human

It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us

progress

progress

Earlier in the year I moved into the heart of Christchurch city where I now live in the Cathedral presbytery beside the earthquaked Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. You can see the remains of the destroyed Cathedral sanctuary behind me in this video clip – an appropriate backdrop for this first Advent reflection on making progress and moving forward

in great company

in great company

It was a delight to spend time last night with five of our six seminarians for the diocese of Christchurch at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland, and later in the evening...

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Cana abundance

Cana abundance

“In the present order of things, Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations…”

key to wisdom

key to wisdom

The new wisdom of the Magi was that they now knew how to listen for and recognise the voice of Christ

immense hope

immense hope

This encounter which begins a life of intimacy with God, is the most fundamental need of every person.

let it be

let it be

This eve of a new year heralds a new dawn. Let us look expectantly to a new year, new joys, new possibilities

maturing

maturing

God never lets anything happen unless it serves for the growth and maturation of those He has called.