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the CROSS road

This evening I plan to be at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament choir and orchestra performance of Bach’s St. John’s Passion. Details below. But before then, at 3.00pm in Hawarden, I will unite with Christians around the world for the solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion. This liturgy seems to…(Read More)

dealing with grief

Every week I spend time with people who are carrying the burden of grief. I know that there is little I can do or say to ease the pain. While I learnt some grief theory and pastoral practice in seminary, and for thirty years as a priest have accompanied people who are coming to terms…(Read More)

quakes & butterflies

Here in Canterbury New Zealand these past few years we rarely share our stories without telling of earthquakes. Our stability has been rocked in every way. We had thought that our turn on shaky ground had passed and recovery was underway. But then just after midnight on the morning of November 14 the entire region…(Read More)

facing fear

The liturgy of Good Friday gives us an opportunity to face our greatest fear, the fear of death…(Read More)

how to respond

It has been a week when violence and sadness has saturated media headlines. The Paris attacks have shaken us all deeply. It is significant that as the majority of commentators promote revenge, the comment that goes viral on social media is a voice that speaks with a radically different tone…(Read More)

sign of hope

There is something about the rainbow that gives a boost of hope in the midst of a day’s demands. The Bible account of Noah’s ark is well known – and this is where the rainbow comes in as a sign of covenant hope: “And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I…(Read More)

extinct religion ?

In recent months I have had the opportunity to be with many people of faith in several different countries: New Zealand, Australia, Asia, United States and Europe. Earlier today in St. Peter’s Square I was with tens of thousands of people from every part of the world. My experience is that something new is…(Read More)

funerals, and hope

Last month I celebrated Mass on the anniversary of the death of my mother (9 February 2009) and father (10 February 2010). My father would often comment that we could only hope for the threescore and ten  years spoken of in Psalm 90, and both my parents reached that milestone albeit with with only five…(Read More)

papal apps

One of the Apps on my phone is a Pope Francis daily encouragement. You might guess that I’m a Francis fan, but before you get too excited, I became a papal fan and facebook friend with Benedict and now this duo of daily encouragements are enough to refocus me in the midst of difficult…(Read More)

no optimists

This third Sunday of Advent is known as “Gaudete” Sunday, or “Rejoicing” Sunday. The rose coloured candle on the Advent wreath is lit today. We remember that our reason for rejoicing is not that we think we are doing well, or that our Church is full of people every Sunday, but that God has entered…(Read More)

Advent encouragement

This is Pope Francis’ first Advent so we have not yet heard much from him about the mission of these pre-Christmas days. This gives us the opportunity to savour some of the Advent reflections of Pope Benedict. This, from the First Vespers of Advent, 2009. …the Apostle Paul invites us to prepare for “the…(Read More)