Jesus is for us today a real and living presence able to be experienced and verified in our own experience today.
This path involves accepting the fact that I am not locked down, I have instead allowed my fears and anxieties to lock me up.
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?
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
It’s easy to make the mistake of seeing life as a treadmill, day after day ups and downs, a movement through time from youth to old age, then death and beyond.
Too often if feels as if we are helplessly captive carried along by the momentum of all that is expected of us and demanded from us, and we risk falling into an existence mode, a daily rhythm of survival, enduring, coping and so the treadmill rolls on.
the bigger picture
Over the years, and even in recent months, weeks and days, I’ve prayed many prayers which have not been answered as I had hoped.
You’ve probably had the same experience: praying and wondering if and when or how your prayer will be answered.
Bible questions still pop up regularly in quiz shows and they often cost otherwise sharp players much needed points.
I’m ready for a question asking for the two names for the last book of the Bible. The book often known as Apocalypse is perhaps more often referred to as the Book of Revelation.
It’s common (thanks to movies) to think of an apocalypse as a devastating and unwelcome time of destruction.
The pics I use on these daily posts are sometimes snapped by me, and often borrowed from free-use websites. I thought it might be interesting to move towards using only my own snaps, and then only those taken in the past 24 hours. We’ll see how I go.
I took the pic above yesterday morning on an early walk.
to really see
Perhaps we find the miracles of Jesus too difficult to understand. How can we cope with what we may not have seen with our own eyes?
Many people cope with the miraculous by reducing it to what they can understand. They say Jesus just increased the blind man’s psychological vision, or opened his eyes of faith rather than actually giving him physical sight.