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My time as Camp chaplain is part retreat, part vacation and part work. On Monday I went with a van load of kids to take part in a rock climbing competition. Lots of enthusiasm, sweat and skill. I managed to get on the wall myself and it was not a pretty sight. Anyway, we won. [Read More...]

Lambeth Zulu Conference

Damian Thompson has his usual acerbic coverage of Anglican affairs. His blog points out that the Lambeth Conference is going down the drain real quick. Someone has organized the bishops into discussion groups they are calling ‘indabas’ which is some kind of Zulu tribal meeting. First of all, this seems incredibly patronizing to the Africans. It [Read More...]

Accept the Power of the Holy Spirit

In the end, life is not about accumulation. It is much more than success. To be truly alive is to be transformed from within, open to the energy of God’s love. In accepting the power of the Holy Spirit you too can transform your families, communities and nations. Set free the gifts! Let wisdom, courage, [Read More...]

World Youth Day Winds Up

World Youth Day in Sydney wound up with a papal Mass at a racecourse outside the city. Estimated crowd was half a million souls. An aerial shot here records the event. I wonder if these events ever give our Protestant friends pause for thought. Is the Catholic Church that old, decrepit, legalistic dinosaur they pretend [Read More...]

Off to Camp

This morning after celebrating the Maronite Divine Liturgy for Fr Bart who is out of  town, I’m heading off to Camps Kahdalea and Chosatonga near Brevard NC to be camp chaplain for a week. They have a wifi connection, so I should be able to blog. I hope to blog this week on the healing [Read More...]

Catholic Charismatic Conference

Yesterday I spoke at the Regional Catholic Charismatic Conference. I began my talk by admitting to the group that I was not a card carrying charismatic, but went on to thank them for their contribution to the church and shared with them the ways that the renewal movement has influenced my life and ministry for [Read More...]