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power plus

Too often we fall into the trap of reducing God to a “spiritual” being considering Jesus to be more like a childhood “imaginary friend.” But Jesus is present with us really, physically and tangibly…(Read More)

Feast of Francis

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

back to school

In New Zealand this week the third of the four school terms begins. Prayers here for a healthy and happy term for all staff and students. Prayer is a regular part of the day in a Catholic school, beginning with staff prayer to start the day. I’m often asked by those who share the…(Read More)

power-full prayer

Mount Carmel was a significant place for the prophets of Israel, especially Elijah 900 years before Christ. (you can read more about this in the first and second book of Kings, especially 1 Kg 18-19).  The section that is today’s first reading is one of the many great adventures in the Bible and…(Read More)

love pray live

This morning from, a feature on life as a Carmelite in Christchurch. At the crossroads of two of Christchurch’s busiest roads, Halswell and Curletts roads, lies a desert of calm. It is tricky to straddle Halswell Rd to turn into the Carmelite Monastery, but this doesn’t bother the residents at…(Read More)


Prayer is much easier than most of us think since prayer is our default setting, the most natural way of being in 24/7 relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope you find this brief video clip a helpful encouragement for your prayer…(Read More)

seven years on

Today, February 22, marks seven years since the devastating 2011 earthquake which brought tragic loss of life to our city of Christchurch where we continue the long and difficult process of rebuilding lives and livelihoods. There are many signs of great hope as people work together to build a city that is not only stronger…(Read More)


Have you ever thought of prayer as child-like playfulness.  There are some similarities and today’s gospel in which Jesus encourages us to be childlike gives us an opportunity to consider these…(Read More)


Often we think that the environment has to be just right for our prayer. The problem is that most of us struggle to see our own situations as conducive to prayer. If prayer was about us then this would be a difficulty, but the reality is that our prayer is primarily about what God is…(Read More)

the bells

A number of people have commented that this “Monastery Bells” Food For Faith clip (first published a few months ago) is one of their favourite FFF posts.  It is one of my favourites as well and was written on my return from a weekend retreat in a monastery near Manila. The bells at this Augustinian…(Read More)

lectio divina

Many methods have been offered for the tradition of “divine reading” of the scriptures. Too often this beautiful form of prayer is complicated by well-intentioned teachers. It is really very simple. In a few minutes of prayer pick up a gospel passage. A search of “daily readings” will take you the US Bishops’ Conference…(Read More)

let’s pray

I am often surprised and saddened to hear people speaking about their own experience of prayer with a degree of uncertainty and lack of confidence. But when I hear them speak it is clear to me that they have no reason at all to be uncertain because they are praying beautifully. They are in relationship…(Read More)

reality – or fantasy

I call it the magic carpet idea of prayer: the thought that prayer is a way of escaping from our present reality, floating away to a peaceful place before at the end of the time of prayer I have to come back to life’s worries and demands. But this is not Christian prayer. Christian…(Read More)

pray like this

Thank God it’s Tuesday! Last week the parish was involved in six ecumenical services, two for Ash Wednesday and four for the World Day of Prayer. It is a moving experience to pray together remembering that the heart of our faith, relationship with Jesus Christ who is God with us, is something we share…(Read More)