Reading Excerpts

Religion and the Ecology of Freedom

In describing religion, Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregation of the Commonwealth and renown public intellectual, says religion is: part of the ecology of freedom because it supports families, communities, charities, voluntary associations, active citizenship and concern for the common good. It is a key contributor to civil society, which is… Continue reading Religion and the Ecology of Freedom

Homilies

Homilies: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 9.30am Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, and featuring the musical skills of Dr Anne Millard, the Cathedral's Director of Music. The readings proclaimed were Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53. "The dissonance in today's Gospel reminds us that… Continue reading Homilies: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Homilies

Homilies: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 5.30pm Saturday evening Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings proclaimed were Wisdom 18:6-9; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19; Luke 12:32-48. "Our Gospel reminds as to always be ready to be held accountable for the way we have lived our Christian… Continue reading Homilies: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Book Reviews

Review: Broken for You: Jesus Christ the Catholic Priesthood & the Word of God

Broken for You: Jesus Christ the Catholic Priesthood & the Word of God by Francis J. Moloney My rating: 4 of 5 stars The celebration of Eucharist is central to the life of the Church and has been since Jesus said we should “do this” in his memory. For those ordained to the ordained priesthood,… Continue reading Review: Broken for You: Jesus Christ the Catholic Priesthood & the Word of God

Book Reviews

Review: Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Watching Out: reflections on justice and injustice by Julian Burnside My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sometimes being unwell provides a previously hidden opportunity for something enjoyable. Today that was the opportunity to read this book from Julian Burnside offering reflections on the justice system, not just the legal system.As those who know Burnside well,… Continue reading Review: Watching Out: Reflections on Justice and Injustice

Homilies

Homilies: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

My homily for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) as preached during the 5.30pm Saturday evening Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The Scriptures proclaimed were Genesis 18:20-32; Colossians 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13. "The Lord's Prayer is a wonderful yet dangerous prayer that reminds us that before all else God and God's agenda comes… Continue reading Homilies: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C