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lectio divina

The method of prayer I use to prepare the reflections on the scriptures of the day is a form of what is known in the Christian tradition as Lectio Divina…(Read More)

guided meditation

Here is the first of the prayer podcasts – 15 minutes of gentle reflection with a lot of silence, beginning with the sound of church bells, a traditional call to prayer…(Read More)

prayer & reality

In this reflection I share some of the most helpful advice ever given to me about prayer. I hope you find it as encouraging as I have…(Read More)

a room alone

“All of humanity’s problems stem from our inability to sit quietly in a room alone…(Read More)

hidden things

I’m writing this at the end of the first NZ lockdown day and I can already see that my life could become dangerously undisciplined…(Read More)

on our knees

Who needs God (we think)? We can achieve all we need on our own. And then a completely unexpected event brings us back to earth. We are grounded. We are on our knees…(Read More)

let’s talk it over

In the midst of good and evil, ups and downs, and through the routines and demands of life we need to be able to express ourselves and to know that we are heard…(Read More)

schools & education

As staff and students in New Zealand prepare to begin the 2020 school year here’s a thought on the purpose of education, and a reflection on prayer in schools…(Read More)

divine chatting

…but today as I read a different reflection came to mind, and I have no doubt that it was Jesus who planted the thought in my head…(Read More)

Feast of Francis

On a recent visit to Assisi, the birthplace of Francis whose feast we celebrate this Friday 4 October, I recorded this three-minute clip as encouragement for all of us who often find it difficult to pray…(Read More)

living? maybe not!

It’s the feast of Ignatius Loyola today and he has helped me to see that my fears and compulsions often tragically lead me to go through days and weeks as if I’m at least half asleep…(Read More)

the sign

… discreetly in a restaurant, or unashamedly before a meeting, a performance or in competition on the sports field…(Read More)

the divine whisper

“take from our souls the strain and stress, and let our ordered lives confess the beauty of thy peace…(Read More)

humble in prayer

It is a beautiful thing to stand and sit and kneel with others in liturgy. While our voices pray in unison the prayers and responses of the Mass, so too our bodies stand together, and sit together and kneel together…(Read More)

art & beauty & life

One news report says that she lives in “isolation” but she would never say that of herself. As these brief clips below show the heart of her life was relationship with God and therefore she was never alone…(Read More)