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living? maybe not!

It’s the feast of Ignatius Loyola today and he has helped me to see that my fears and compulsions often tragically lead me to go through days and weeks as if I’m at least half asleep…(Read More)

listen

It’s no surprise that any of us when making a decision might struggle to separate the noise and clamour of others’ opinions from the voice of God…(Read More)

Br. Guy went well beyond the expectations of these young people with profound reflections on life and love, hope and joy and discernment of life choices…(Read More)

tuned in to God

We find happiness in life when we are tuned to the voice of God. How can we do this in the midst of the many noises that surround and bombard us…(Read More)

good vs evil

Life in relationship with Jesus Christ is not a life of comfort. Life with Jesus is an adventure. This is because we humans are not made not for comfort but for abundant life. We are made for adventure. This is why healthy people seek adventure by climbing mountains and crossing icy continents, by embracing extreme…(Read More)

Ignatius of Loyola

It is the feast of Ignatius Loyola today and I am grateful to have been greatly influenced by Ignatius and his followers. Ignatius remains one of our Christian traditions greatest teachers of discernment, that is the art of recognising and naming attraction and resistance in our life with God. I offer this reflection and encouragement…(Read More)

the crowd

At this weekend’s liturgy we spend more time than usual listening to the scriptures. There’s an extra gospel reading right at the beginning of Mass with the palm procession recalling Jesus triumphant entry to Jerusalem. The crowds were welcoming Jesus spreading a palm carpet before him and hailing him as a great king…(Read More)

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 for a catch-up in a local bar. From left in the pic above beside me, Huong, Glen, Connor, Jose and Monty.  Tang is…(Read More)

what to do?

A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to take part in the annual Hearts Aflame gathering of 100 young NZ Catholics aged between 18 & 35. I was asked to share a few thoughts on discernment and I am happy to share the video with you at the link below. While it is a…(Read More)

how to be happy

The great challenge at the heart of human life is the discernment of what will lead us to greater intimacy with God, and what will lead us away from this life-giving relationship. Of course most people don’t use “God language” to speak of this. So let’s re-word this great challenge: the…(Read More)

Ignatius

It is the feast of Ignatius Loyola today and I grateful to have been greatly influenced by Ignatius and by his followers the Jesuits. Ignatius remains one of our Christian traditions greatest teachers of discernment, the art of recognising and naming attraction and resistance in our life with God.  I offer this reflection and encouragement…(Read More)

discernment

We all make decisions every day, sometimes little decisions that have fleeting consequences, but often more significant choices about life direction, relationships and work. You might find this brief video helpful as a reminder not just to quickly weigh up the pros and cons as you might have at times in the past, but to…(Read More)

priesthood?

Another great little video which will be of special interest to anyone wondering if God might be nudging them to consider life as a diocesan priest. A couple of great one-liners in the video including “a seminary is a training-ground for faith” and “there is no better place to discern a call to…(Read More)

decisions decisions

For the feast of Ignatius of Loyola today the second reading (below in blue) from the Office of Readings is the perfect intro to Ignatius ‘discovery’ of the method for discernment of spirits. If you take time to read this, perhaps just a couple of minutes, do so considering the reality of your own life…(Read More)

how to be happy

The great challenge at the heart of human life, is the discernment of what will lead us to greater intimacy with God, and what will lead us away from this relationship. Of course most people don’t use “God language” to speak of this. So let’s re-word this great challenge: the decisions of…(Read More)