sinners
the beautiful beggar

the beautiful beggar

We regularly hear of good and holy men and women falling from grace and we are shocked and surprised.

self-esteem & sin

self-esteem & sin

It is perhaps surprising that in a time when fewer people have a sense of sin, more people seem to suffer from a lack of self esteem. Could it be that a deep awareness...

saint & sinner

saint & sinner

I am always saddened when well-known people are pushed into the headlines for inappropriate behaviour. Fifty years ago no one would have known, but today every word and...

skype & sun & rain

skype & sun & rain

Many readers will remember Pope John Paul’s visit to New Zealand in November 1986. I had been ordained as a priest just twelve months earlier, and because our...

priests are sinners

priests are sinners

In 1984 as a seminarian I spent three months on pastoral placement in the parish of Pukekohe, South Auckland. It was a very good experience for me. I recall attending a...

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growing young

A simple experiment will give a more personal experience of the life that is on offer.

sky gazing

sky gazing

The disciples were full of joy at the Lord’s definitive departure. We would have expected the opposite.

farm time

farm time

Now there’s a sabbatical inspiration: learning to wait. Yes I might plant seeds, but God brings the harvest.

ponderings

ponderings

There people gather on their own turangawaewae, the place where they stand, lead and are most at home