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A Letter to Silence and Solitude

Dear Silence and Solitude, I miss you. Over the past few years I have seen our time together dwindle. From long periods a few years back, to now brief glimpses of each other, sweet moments that are far between. Our... Continue Reading →


What does Faith mean to me?

In the Year of Faith I was asked by the NZ Catholic newspaper to write about what faith means to me. Here's my thoughts: Faith to me is life. In our world today, particularly in my peer group, faith I... Continue Reading →

Living as a Catholic in a Secular World

(This post is part of a series on 'Living as a Catholic in a Secular World') What a contradiction it can seem in today to be an intelligent, well reasoned young person and yet also be a practising, devout Catholic.... Continue Reading →

Reasons to be Open to Motherhood

A fellow writer recently asked somebody to write something positive about motherhood. She said “Some of us not-yet-moms are scared of motherhood because all we hear is that you're miserable and debilitated for nine months, then have a day of... Continue Reading →

Filling the Bucket of Self Esteem

Self esteem. A modern parenting essential.  In modern philosophies, ever increasing affirmation of self esteem is key in educational and parenting philosophies and in general society through political correctness (not offending anyone) and relativism (everyone is right in whatever they think). Self... Continue Reading →

You were not made for comfort

(Originally posted at Ignitum Today) Theres been a quote of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's that I've seen circulating in social media in recent weeks: "The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort; you were made for... Continue Reading →

Keeping Love in Lent

I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help... Continue Reading →

Are we on earth for our enjoyment?

I've been reading a book of the letters of Blessed Zélie Martin titled "A Call to a Deeper Love". Theres much I could say about her and her writing, but one thing that has stuck with me is: We're not... Continue Reading →

Pregnancy, childbirth and suffering

(Published in NZ Catholic, 25 March 2012) You’ll have to excuse me if the topic of this article is somewhat personal. The date of publication of this issue of NZ Catholic happens to also be the expected due date of... Continue Reading →

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