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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.

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

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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Cana abundance

Cana abundance

“In the present order of things, Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations…”

key to wisdom

key to wisdom

The new wisdom of the Magi was that they now knew how to listen for and recognise the voice of Christ

immense hope

immense hope

This encounter which begins a life of intimacy with God, is the most fundamental need of every person.

let it be

let it be

This eve of a new year heralds a new dawn. Let us look expectantly to a new year, new joys, new possibilities

maturing

maturing

God never lets anything happen unless it serves for the growth and maturation of those He has called.