"Pour out upon us the power of your love.." LS 246
"For all things speak of you..." Laudato Si 246
“The world is a joyful mystery." Laudato Si 12
“We journey through this land seeking God" LS 244
Photo of the ADW Thinking Stone - carved in Oamaru stone by Master Carver, Lou Kereopa, it is rich in Christian Māori symbolism

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image of the Cardinals Crest Cardinal’s reflections

“Listening requires that we recognize others as subjects of their own journey. When we do this, others feel welcomed, not judged, free to share their own spiritual journey…The reports also reflect on the difficulty of listening deeply and accepting being transformed by it.”These words from the Document for the Continental Stage of the Synod can have a personal application as well as being about the submissions received from around the world as part of the synod process. Accepting being transformed by listening to another is the hard part. It implies an openness to changing our perceptions and views, when so often our listening is really about promoting our own view. That openness can be hard for parents, pastors, for everyone, but it is at the heart of good relationships and spiritual growth.Degas - "The Conversation" ... See MoreSee Less
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Hato Pāora College 75th Jubilee

Hato Pāora College, the Catholic Māori boarding school for boys north of Feilding, celebrated its 75th Jubilee over Labour Weekend.