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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)