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THE encounter

THE encounter

It is the Risen Lord who is our security, who makes us experience profound peace even in the midst of life’s storms

All Saints

All Saints

On this day, the feast of All Saints, in the year 1541, Michaelangelo‘s Last Judgement was unveiled on the rear wall of the Sistine Chapel.

Fathers’ Day

Fathers’ Day

It’s Fathers’ Day today in New Zealand and Australia

engaging reality

engaging reality

Let’s retreat from from “those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules…”

which team

which team

And how beautiful it is!  It is like getting our lives back, getting a new chance.  Nothing is more beautiful than to have a new chance.

no trouble

no trouble

Jesus wishes to say something precise to us. He knows that in life the worst anxiety, agitation, is born from a feeling of not making it, of feeling alone

living the storm

living the storm

The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits, and priorities.

Be Praised!

Be Praised!

It is four years this week since Pope Francis published his encyclical on the environment Be Praised addressed to “every person living on this planet.”

hope alive

hope alive

Each of us is called to rediscover in the Risen Christ the one who rolls back from our heart the heaviest of stones.  So let us first ask: What is the stone that I need to remove, what is its name?

a new deed

a new deed

…self-esteem is not a human achievement. Healthy self-esteem is the fruit of knowing that we are loved even as imperfect, weak and vulnerable sinners.

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sorrowful

sorrowful

Sometimes in the middle of the night, even without waking, I feel the cross with the figure, the dead Christ, and remember

cafe protagonist

cafe protagonist

Last year I suggested that people might like to take the initiative to organise gatherings at cafes and bar

Last Supper

Last Supper

“If the Eucharist is just a symbol, then to hell with it.”

Transfiguration

Transfiguration

This Mystery of the Rosary opens the door between earthly routines and ordinariness and divine eternity and life.

walking together

walking together

Recent popes don’t speak much about the “kingdom” of God. Instead their language is new, fresh and relevant.