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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bridge building

bridge building

I first met Leonie when as a young priest I decided to use spare time in a small rural West Coast parish to study communication

seeding

seeding

Jesus help me to be more careful, more aware of the power of my words and actions…

a humble church

a humble church

The Church of Christ does not seek to dominate consciences and occupy spaces, but rather to be a “wellspring” of hope in people’s lives.

what wondrous love

what wondrous love

When words don’t come easily it could be that I (and maybe you too) don’t need more words.

standing by

standing by

When the night has come, and the way is dark… No I won’t be afraid… Just as long as you stand, stand by me.