Easter
experiencing

experiencing

Jesus is for us today a real and living presence able to be experienced and verified in our own experience today.

without fear

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.

hope alive

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?

with Easter joy

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

rise up

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...

Easter

Easter

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...

Easter Morning

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...

Easter meaning

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...

walking the walk

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...

Regina Caeli

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...

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John on sabbatical

John on sabbatical

a podcast conversation with Triona Doocey asking some challenging questions about my sabbatical weeks.

sabbatical update

sabbatical update

I’m like Thomas. I need to experience Christ. Happy Feast Day to all of us who seek greater maturity of faith

growing up

growing up

Thomas was not doubting as much as seeking; he was expressing the desire of one who truly yearns for adult faith.

another way

another way

Surely the real mortality in our sin is not any particular action or omission itself, but what we do after we realise our sin

matariki

matariki

I have no doubt that God used the stars to shift my focus from my own failures and successes to the God I was seeking to follow.