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quakes & butterflies

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...

facing fear

facing fear

The liturgy of Good Friday gives us an opportunity to face our greatest fear, the fear of death.

how to respond

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...

sign of hope

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...

extinct religion ?

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....

funerals, and hope

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...

papal apps

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...

no optimists

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...

Advent encouragement

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...

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the comedy

the comedy

Dramatic tragedy is drama which ends in despair, desolation, death, or (even better), all three.

at table

at table

Some of our best family laughs happened at the table and some of our biggest fights too

frontiers of hope

frontiers of hope

too often we are determined by the painful events themselves, the abuse, the abortion, the betrayal

remotest people

remotest people

Yes, God keeps his promises. Yes In Jesus God lives at and in the peripheries.

the players

the players

goodies and baddies, rich and poor, close friends and curious bystanders, and others wondering what all the fuss is about