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Tag Archive for ‘earthquakes’

Sunday 12 November

32nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalm 63; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25: 1-13 Be prepared Being well prepared is a skill – for cooking, earthquakes, a sudden visitor. We’ve thought ahead, heeded advice, and done what is necessary. Preparing for some events is easy, and enjoyable. Others are not so easy. The most […]

Sunday 13 November

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Malachi 3:19-20; Ps 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19 Faithfulness and endurance There is a temptation to think the end is coming as Jesus prophesied; nation fights nation, earthquakes, plagues and famines abound, and Christians are persecuted. But has anything changed over the millennia since Jesus ascended? There are no […]

Thursday 28 August

St Augustine 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9; Ps 145;Matthew 24: 42-51 Be prepared Living Down Under with its earthquakes and unpredictable weather, we’re often told to be prepared. But are we ever? If we’re not prepared for natural disasters, then Christ’s return isn’t even on our radar. St Augustine had a wasted youth and beyond, but […]


Christchurch Diocese Earthquake Assessment  The process for developing concepts for repair / strengthening of churches in the diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand, is approximately 75% completed. Since the earthquakes in in 2010 and 2011, the Diocese has been working with engineering consultants OPUS in assessing and learning to understand the impact that the earthquakes have […]

Sunday 17 November

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Malachi 3:19-20, Ps 98, 2 Thess 3:7-12, Luke 21: 5-19 A good guide will forewarn those he is leading of the dangers and difficulties that lie ahead. This is done not to frighten those being accompanied, but to strengthen them to stand firm, persevere, and overcome. The Prophet Malachi tells […]

Tuesday, 27 November

Psalm 96, Apocalypse 14: 14-19, Luke 21: 5-11 Signs of the times The warning about the destruction of the beautiful Jerusalem temple prompts the question –“What sign?” or “what proof?“ The answer shows how important the gift of discernment is in distinguishing between bogus and authentic claims. False Christs have come and gone. Some are […]

Thursday 19 July

Isaiah 26:7-19, Ps.102, Matthew 11:28-30 My burden is light It doesn’t always feel light! When I look back on the last eighteen months of earthquakes, difficulties and uncertainties I sometimes wonder how I lived through it, even knowing many people had it much worse. Yet constantly, underlying all the turmoil, there has been that deep […]

Editor at Large

Escape to historic Akaroa  Last year I was in Christchurch on 23 December visiting family when there was a swarm of earthquakes from 4.5 to 6.1 on the Richter scale. Apart from the solidarity I felt with the locals who been living with this stuff for two years, it was not what I wanted in […]