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without fear

This path involves accepting the fact that I am not locked down, I have instead allowed my fears and anxieties to lock me up…(Read More)

hope alive

Each of us is called to rediscover in the Risen Christ the one who rolls back from our heart the heaviest of stones.  So let us first ask: What is the stone that I need to remove, what is its name…(Read More)

with Easter joy

Just as the earthquake shook the land at the moment of Jesus’ death, it was an earthquake that helped to bring our diocese to its knees nine years ago. This places us firmly with the first disciples of Jesus…(Read More)

rise up

Around the world in these Easter days hundreds of thousands of preachers have done their best to communicate the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus to hungry congregations. I suspect that few have hit the mark as well as Fr. Alex in this Easter homily. You can subscribe to Fr. Alex’s YouTube channel at…(Read More)


The bronze sculpture above will be recognised by many as the magnificent tabernacle doors from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. These doors made by the Christchurch Sculptor Ria Bancroft, and since the earthquake which destroyed the cathedral in 2011 the doors along with many of the other Cathedral treasures have been in safe keeping…(Read More)

Easter Morning

It is before dawn on the first day of the week, still dark, and I am just prayed Morning Prayer here at Hawarden with a team from the Liturgical Institute as they lead Lauds for Easter Sunday Morning. You can find the audio at this link. The image is of Peter and John running to…(Read More)

Easter meaning

This entire weekend from Thursday to Monday is known throughout the world as the Easter break, but we Christians mark these Triduum days at a deeper level, knowing them to be the journey of the ultimate and life-giving events of the life of Jesus. On each of these three days Jesus gives meaning to…(Read More)

walking the walk

It is Holy Thursday morning. As I was at prayer this morning the sky became light and the sun rose above the horizon, a beautiful sunrise. Here was I contemplating entry to the Holy Week Triduum beginning with commemorating the Holy Thursday / Good Friday suffering and death of Jesus – and the sun rises.…(Read More)

Regina Caeli

One of our small Hurunui congregations at Amberley is especially enthusiastic and devout in their singing of the Mass every Sunday morning at 8am. Each Sunday of Lent following a time of silent prayer in thanksgiving after communion, we have sung the Gregorian chant Ave Verum. While many Catholics are familiar with the Angelus prayer…(Read More)

drawing new energy

Pope Francis Easter Vigil Homily: The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath.  They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty.  A mighty angel says to…(Read More)

the rising sun

It is quite impossible to imagine the range of emotions that the disciples of Jesus moved through over the days of his final suffering, crucifixion and resurrection. Such heights and depths of emotional trauma and joy cannot be imagined. They must be experienced. And “experience” is the key to understanding the Holy Week – Easter…(Read More)

dancing sun

“This is the night that even now, throughout the world, sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices and from the gloom of sin, leading them to grace and joining them to his holy ones. This is the night, when Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld. Our birth would…(Read More)


He is risen indeed – Alleluia.     An opportunity to reflect on the significance of Easter; not simply an historical event, not a mere resuscitation of a body, but an earth-shattering event which transforms suffering into a hope-filled journey, destroys death, and makes true life, a reality…(Read More)