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greatest journey

Today’s first reading tells of a mountain-top encounter between God and Moses. God tells Moses to head back down the mountain because the people are in the process of creating their own God – a golden calf. Without an awareness of the presence of God this is what we all do; if we are…(Read More)

inspiration

Every now and then Food For Faith followers send inspiring reflections and are happy that I share these. I am grateful to Frank Kelly who sent the above poem with the comment: “Since I am not a retail enthusiast, I was glad to miss out on all the “bargains” in store and online. So I…(Read More)

Angelus

In 2014 at the Rimini Meeting I was moved by an exhibition of the work of French artist Francois Millet marking the 200th anniversary of his birth. Millet appreciated the simplicity and beauty of peasant life and labour, and many of his works depict the poor at work in the field and home. Before Millet…(Read More)

the greatest journey

If you were asked to name the greatest journey ever made, I wonder what you would answer. Take a moment to think about it. Maybe you’re thinking about a journey made by great explorers to the poles of the earth, to the depths of the oceans or to the top of the highest mountains…(Read More)

here and now

God cannot work in your past or your future today. God has worked in your past, and God works in the present to heal the past, but God cannot today work in your past. In the same way God cannot today work in your future. God will work in your future, and God works in…(Read More)

Angelus Sunday

If I had to the opportunity to name a Sunday of the Church Year, I would give this weekend’s fourth Sunday of Advent the name  “Angelus Sunday.”  Here’s why…(Read More)

a few more sleeps

It’s only a few more sleeps until Christmas. You might find this three minute Food For Faith Youtube clip encouraging in the midst of pre-Christmas busyness…(Read More)

Annunciation

Take a moment to appreciate this Millet masterpiece. Even if you have never seen the image before, you will guess that these peasants are praying. When the one who commissioned this painting in the mid- 1800’s changed his mind and wouldn’t buy the completed work, Millet added a church bell tower and renamed…(Read More)

It is good for us …

It was on this Second Sunday of Lent two years ago (24 February 2013) that Pope Benedict gave his last Sunday Audience in St. Peter’s Square. On that Sunday, the gospel reading at Mass was the same as today’s reading: the Transfiguration of Jesus. You can read a summary of Pope Benedict’s…(Read More)

God comes down

While it’s the morning after the Feast of the Annunciation here in New Zealand, there are many parts of the world still celebrating this great feast, so I still have time for another Annunciation reflection. Take a moment to appreciate this Millet masterpiece. Even if you have never seen the image before, you will…(Read More)

Annunciation

One of the moments of Christian history most represented in Christian art, is the encounter between Mary, the future mother of the Messiah, and the angel sent by God. Today, March 25, we celebrate the feast of that encounter. This is the moment when God became incarnate in human form on earth. While the most…(Read More)

Lent & Autumn

It is Lent and, at least here in New Zealand, it is also Autumn. It is different in the northern hemisphere where it is springtime, but I like our southern match. You might find this brief video clip a helpful reflection on Lent and Autumn…(Read More)

birth & death

Take a moment to appreciate this Millet masterpiece. Even if you have never seen the image before, you will guess that these peasants are praying. When the one who commissioned this painting in the mid- 1800’s failed to buy the finished painting, Millet added a church bell tower and renamed his work “Angelus”. Many…(Read More)

the angel of the Lord…

One of my favourite formal prayers is the Angelus. This prayer focusses the pray-er on the moment when God took on human flesh in Jesus, the moment of the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary. Take a moment now to appreciate this Millet masterpiece below. Even if you have never seen the…(Read More)