I’ve been moving about a bit in recent weeks, across the country and further afield. I don’t enjoy the travel since planes are not designed for people of my height. But I love being with the people I end up with after a journey of any length.
In the midst of Holy Week I can't resist paying a tribute to John Clarke, best known in New Zealand for his Fred Dagg role which made him a part of our national lore...
It's Fred Dagg's birthday today. Well, Fred himself is not that old, but John Clarke his creator is having his 68th birthday. I'm aware too that no-one from outside NZ...
Today is widely marked as April Fool's Day and already social media is flowing with some ingenious pranks. We have all been the "victim" of good-humoured jokes, and...
time to laugh
One of the signs of healthy family and community life is laughter. Any group of people who laugh together, will move more easily through the challenges of even the most...
the funny side
Following last Sunday's canonisation of Saint John XXIII a number of websites, blogs and social media groups have been enjoying the humour of the "pope of the Council."...
This week, since Tuesday's April Fools' Day, social media has been flowing with some ingenious pranks. We have all been the "victim" of good-humoured jokes, and most of...
Most people think of the Ascension of Jesus as being a ‘departure’ moment. Jesus was here and now he is gone. We imagine Jesus going up into the clouds and the disciples waving farewell from below.
This is an unhelpful image.
It is essential that we understand what does happen and what does not happen in the Ascension event.
It would be easy to wrongly think that in his ministry showed us how to build the city of God on earth, and now he has gone and the mission is left to us.
touching the sacred
A few years ago I was on Rēkohu Chatham Islands for what has become one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most sacred days, the ANZAC day of remembrance in gratitude for those who gave their lives, their health, their youth, their service that we may live in peace.
The art above was produced by one of the students at the local Te One school.
every which way
A good number of Food For Faith readers have discovered one of the more recent FFF initiatives, the weekly Homily Studio.
The recording of this half-hour podcast is one of the highlights of my week.
in the room
Today’s reflection marks the end of the FFF Lent-to-Easter daily email posts. Thank you for your company on this journey. While these daily posts (for those who have signed up for the Lent / Advent reflections at this link) will take a break until Advent, those who have signed up to receive every post or regular posts at this link. You might take a moment now to visit this page now to check your email preferences.
During retreat this week I found myself pondering just how difficult it is to accept that God, in Jesus, is really with me today.
As I write I’m nearing the end of retreat days with a group of fifty priests from across the USA. As I mentioned a couple of days ago the diversity and youth of the group is remarkable with the majority being aged under 40 and a good number ordained for fewer than five years.