Flashes of Insight is a channel for intelligent Catholics, in Australia, New Zealand and other South Pacific nations.
It flashes insight on topics that are about and of interest to the Catholic Church in this part of the world.
Its focus is very aware of this region’s geographical position in the world and the role these countries play as part of a global village.
As well as Flashes of Insight about the Church, the channel takes its inspiration from the Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the Modern World, paragraph 1.
“The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts.
“For theirs is a community composed of human beings. United in Christ, they are led by the Holy Spirit in their journey to the Kingdom of their Father and they have welcomed the news of salvation which is meant for every person.
“That is why this community realizes that it is truly linked with humanity and its history by the deepest of bonds.”
At the core of Flashes of Insight is dialogue, conversation.
It is not didactic.
In this sense, it does not seek to teach the Catholic faith, but it does not not seek to teach it either.
Flashes of Insight is a conversation. It seeks to enlighten, help people think, and perhaps challenge perspective and to think different.
Flashes of Insight began during lockdown when the world was mass of virtual Masses that prompted a discussion about online Masses entitled: “Can you send an apple by email“.
Flashes of Insight has a founding group that currently steers the topics of conversation. These include: Dr Joseph Grayland, Michael Kelly SJ (La-Croix International), Professor Thomas O’Loughlin and John Murphy SM (CathNews NZ).