One of the most exciting Food For Faith projects in recent months is an initiative we have named the Homily Studio.
God never lets anything happen unless it serves for the growth and maturation of those He has called.
The church is not called to be a place where every person easily feels effortlessly at home, but an environment of growth for people who seek maturity of faith.
This post is not for everyone and I have no doubt that some people will be upset with the thoughts I’m about to offer.
breaking & entering
after the original shock of finding an angel in her kitchen, Mary was able to recognise God.
called to maturity
I was in an airport at 1.30pm yesterday afternoon when the nearby TV was turned to full volume so that the Muslim call to prayer could be clearly heard.
"...This is different. This isn’t the same as the Easter bunny. This is mature. This is chilling. This is important. This isn’t something that is trivial, and is not...
Today's gospel is one of Jesus' best known parables. The account, usually named the Prodigal Son, is really about the loving father. That change of name is an important...
march to maturity
It is already mid-week, but there is a verse from last Sunday's second reading that moved me when I heard it at Mass, and it has stayed with me as a deeply encouraging...
A couple of thousand years ago, a young Jewish woman was going about her normal morning routines, perhaps with a mixture of house and garden work, chatting with parents and neighbours, aware of the local drought, the sickness of a neighbour and annoyed by the neighbourhood’s lack of sleep caused by the Romans’ noisy party the night before, when God broke into her routine and entered her life in a new and powerful way.
the real centre
Over the last month I have had the opportunity to work with many people across Aotearoa and further afield. In every retreat and seminar I have been with committed and faith-filled people who often feel as though they are on the periphery of the Church
It’s easy to make the mistake of seeing life as a treadmill, day after day ups and downs, a movement through time from youth to old age, then death and beyond.
Too often if feels as if we are helplessly captive carried along by the momentum of all that is expected of us and demanded from us, and we risk falling into an existence mode, a daily rhythm of survival, enduring, coping and so the treadmill rolls on.
the bigger picture
Over the years, and even in recent months, weeks and days, I’ve prayed many prayers which have not been answered as I had hoped.
You’ve probably had the same experience: praying and wondering if and when or how your prayer will be answered.
Bible questions still pop up regularly in quiz shows and they often cost otherwise sharp players much needed points.
I’m ready for a question asking for the two names for the last book of the Bible. The book often known as Apocalypse is perhaps more often referred to as the Book of Revelation.
It’s common (thanks to movies) to think of an apocalypse as a devastating and unwelcome time of destruction.