WHAT I HEARD IN THE SILENCE


I sit here in my little mountain-top hermitage at the end of my 7 day silent retreat. I try to spend 5 or so days each year in prayerful silence, and God knows how much I need it. I can't believe how busy I let my life get. (Don't we all!) So much travel, so many wonderful people, so much opportunity. It is in moments of silence like this that I realise I need to be reminded that I am God's beloved.

X Factor withdrawal Press Release

X Factor withdrawal Press Release

“While I am so grateful for the opportunity to have auditioned, got through to boot camp and worked with a wonderful team of contestants and judges, I have decided, out of my own will, to leave the Australian X Factor competition,” he announced.

I have looked at my pastoral, Church, music and touring commitments for the rest of the year and found that I cannot reasonably honour both the competition and these. Even though some may argue that this is an evangelisation opportunity missed, my first commitment is to my relationship with God and to the Church to whom I am already committed.

FACING ETERNITY (3/5)

FACING ETERNITY (3/5)

When people tell me that I seem to be coping well with my condition, I’ve got on doubt that a big part of it is that, having been a priest for many years, I have put - like all priests - a lot of faith, thought and emotional energy into helping the dying to prepare for death by words and sacraments, and into comforting their families, and into preparing and conducting the funerals.