Transfiguration
Transfiguration

Transfiguration

Today’s feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus recalls the open door between earthly ordinariness and divine eternity

opening the door

opening the door

The Transfiguration of Jesus is the event that opens the door between earthly ordinariness, days and weeks of routine, mundane and struggling existence, and divine eternity.

earth & heaven

earth & heaven

Mountain tops are significant places in the Bible. In the Old Testament God was thought to dwell in the distant heavens therefore if you wanted to get close to God you...

transfiguration

transfiguration

It is Saturday evening as I write and I have just arrived back in Amberley after the Vigil Mass at Hanmer Springs. The Christian Sabbath has begun. In my homily at...

a new earth

a new earth

This week-end's (6 August) feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus has got me thinking again about church building. Let me explain the connection. In recent weeks I have...

heavenly realities

heavenly realities

Today's  feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus has got me thinking again about church building. Let me explain the connection. A couple of years ago with a group of...

It is good for us …

It is good for us …

It was on this Second Sunday of Lent two years ago (24 February 2013) that Pope Benedict gave his last Sunday Audience in St. Peter's Square. On that Sunday, the gospel...

transfiguring

transfiguring

Today's  feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus has got me thinking again about church building. Let me explain the connection. A couple of years ago with a group of...

you raise me up

you raise me up

During the week I met a young priest new to New Zealand and on loan to the Christchurch diocese. On of his tasks of that morning had been to write the reflection for...

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stormy weather

stormy weather

I often hear people comment that their faith is weak, or that they have little faith. I often feel the same way.

Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola

We ignore our feelings at our peril. However the feelings that are uppermost in human consciousness are simply a starting point for discernment.

those dead days

those dead days

There are moments many days, and minutes and even hours and sometimes days every week when we feel a bit dead.

face to face

face to face

Jesus is not God-far-from-us-up-in-the-heavens, but Jesus is God WITH us.

grandparents

grandparents

You might like to share this post with grandparents who will appreciate some encouragement on this their feast day.

remembering

remembering

I was privileged to be asked to give the homily at the Mass of Thanksgiving of Fr. Isaac Fransen