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  Reflection - I think I met a Prophet

Jul 04, 2019
We don’t want to hear about the downsides of these things especially those that may be damaging our health and well-being - like the chemicals in many everyday products or the possible negative effects of the energy produced by new technologies.
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  Sharing the pain

May 29, 2019
Then, as if on cue, waves of people began ambling over to the stand from the various entrances around the park. It was a very moving experience as we remembered and named the 50 people who had been murdered in the two mosques in Christchurch.
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  Aftermath of the March Terrorist Event in New Zealand

May 27, 2019
The dreadful act of violence immediately brought out goodness on all sides. There was a strong civic urge to respond in solidarity with the Muslim community. Citizens turned out in their thousands to grieve and pray at different services.
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  Mission World - May 2019 - Catholic leaders respond to New Zealand tragedy

May 16, 2019
Catholic leaders from all around the world responded to the tragic shooting in Christchurch New Zealand that killed 52 people, showing solidarity and closeness to the Muslim community.
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  Reflection - You belong

May 14, 2019
I will remember the image of Andrew Graystone outside a mosque in Manchester holding a sign which said “You are my friends. I will keep watch while you pray”.
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  Reflection - A case of snow breaking ‘the ice’

Feb 01, 2019
Last year in New Zealand the theme for Social Justice Week was “Enabling Communities: Everyone has a part to play”. It placed a special focus on the disabled.
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  Reflection - Not all wounds bleed

Jan 14, 2019
I had my eyes opened to the world of the mentally ill in 1978 when I spent a year in a chaplaincy training program at Worcester State Hospital in the USA.
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  Reflection - Strange things hiding in the shadows

Sep 06, 2018
To be a Christian is to live dangerously, honestly, freely to step in the name of love as if you may land on nothing, yet to keep on stepping because the something that sustains you no empire can give and no empire can take away.
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  There's a Kiwi in the house

Jun 30, 2017
Fr Dan has run marathons in under two and a half hours, but his most impressive skill is his energy for Columban Mission in Pakistan over the past three decades. He has truly entered into the life and culture of the country.
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  New Zealand land development project - UPDATE

Oct 12, 2016
Columban Fr Tom Rouse reports the following: “Construction of the main house as part of our NZ Columban Land Development project continues at a good pace."
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  The story we told ourselves

May 31, 2016
They eventually learned to tell a story that was closer to the truth of Jesus and amazingly found that it was good news.
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  Feel the pain

Dec 14, 2015
In the light of Pope Francis’ analysis, what are the challenges we are facing here in Aotearoa-New Zealand?
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  50th anniversary of ordination

Jun 15, 2015
Congratulations to Fr Michael on these years of priestly ministry well spent in the service of the Lord and His people.
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  Accidental grace

Mar 23, 2015
Grace is by nature a gift. It is not something we make happen but rather something that can be triggered by what happens to us, around us or in us.
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  Priest, violinist, handsome and distinguished

Oct 27, 2014
A medical emergency in 1970 brought him back to New Zealand due to cancer. It was during his rehabilitation, that the late, Columban Fr John Griffin took up the violin which was to play an important part of his life.
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  Columban Fr John Griffin RIP

Oct 02, 2014
Columban Father John Griffin died peacefully in Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday 25 September. May he rest in peace.
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  The gift of deafness

Jun 12, 2014
I believe that God intended me to be deaf because God was calling me to be a missionary.
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  Shepherds and Mothers

May 16, 2014
After Mass on Good Shepherd Sunday, which was also Mother’s Day, one of the parishioners said to me, “What you did at the end of mass was terrible.”
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  Holy Week Reflection - Casual cruelty

Apr 14, 2014
In a world that still crucifies people can we be casual about cruelty or do we need to get real about reconciliation?
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  Opening up a horizon of hope

Mar 06, 2014
For Lent 2014, the theme for Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is "open up a horizon of hope" taken from Pope Francis' homily.
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