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May 2013

Pope Francis says Jesus has more to offer than temporal things of earth

 
 
Pope Francis, on Monday 27 May, at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, commented on the Gospel passage of the day which was the rich man who asked Jesus how to inherit eternal life.  When told that he would have to give up all his possessions and follow Jesus the man walked away.  We do not know if he did go and give away all of his possessions to follow Jesus or not.
 
The Pope said “each and every one of us needs to examine our conscience and find out what riches keep us from approaching Jesus on the road to life.

Conform to God, not the world

Above all, advanced souls strive to be led in all things according to the principles of faith.  Their judgments are based upon the maxims of the Gospel, not upon those of the world; their words are inspired by the Christian spirit, not by the spirit of the world, for they conform their words to their judgments and thus triumph over human respect; their actions become more and more Christlike for they delight in considering Our Lord as their model, and thus escape being carried away by the example of worldlings.

Will Church of Scotland Faithful Come Home to Mother Church in the Face of Change Contrary to the Word of God?

With the Church of Scotland encountering increasing difficulties around same sex marriage and its General Assembly’s recent decision to allow gay men and women to become ministers, are we about to embark on a period of influx to the Catholic faith in Scotland?
 
Divisions among the hierarchy and congregation of Scotland’s principal protestant church have been keenly felt in recent years with the growth of secularism and an increased drive towards social equality. The Church of Scotland has opened its doors to new ways of thinking around delicate issues such as women bishops and same sex marriage.

The True Value of Children

Wonderful blog post ('The answer to ‘Are you having more children?’') on the Sisters of The Gospel of Life website considering the true value of life and how it is threatened by a society that no longer really values children with it's increasing culture of contraception and abortion:
 
 
 

Planned Parenthood claim 'Your Baby Will Thank You' for an Abortion

 
So, this is the latest ad campaign by Planned Parenthood in the United States.  The abortion service provider doesn't tend to hold back when it comes to advertising but this latest one is nothing short of utterly bizarre, horrifically tragic, deeply patronising, and completely lacking in any compassion or indeed any sense.
 
Here we have an advert sending out the message to women that 'your baby will thank you' if you abort it. 
 
How ironic that this message should sit alongside a picture of a little child smiling in their mother's arms.

Great Celebration for Our Lady of Fatima in Glasgow

Today's celebration Mass in St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow for the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima was an incredibly moving occasion.

The Church was packed as a throng of primary schoolchildren took centre stage to give praise to Our Blessed Mother and remember the great sacrifices made by the three children of Fatima: Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.

Beautiful hymns were sung, including Soul of My Saviour and Immaculate Mary, and there was a quite haunting yet beautiful rendition by the children of Seeds Scattered and Sown.

Today's Gospel

An excerpt from today's Gospel: Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete." I recently heard, on a Catholic Answers podcast (these are fantastic by the way, well worth a listen; check out catholic.com) that when we ask for something out prayer is always answered, in one of four ways: 1. God gives us what we have asked for straight away because we need it. 2. God agrees to give us what we want but not right now; the time is not right for us. 3. God agrees to give us what we want but in a different way. 4. God decides, no, I'm not giving you that. I have something better in store for you.

Pope Francis Says Christian Joy is Far From Simple Fun

 
Pope Francis, at morning Mass today, told the gathered faithful that Christian joy is something more than just fun and that it is not something we can keep 'bottled up' for ourselves.
 
In his homily in the Santa Maria residence chapel, the Pope said "A Christian is a man or woman of joy.  Jesus teaches us this, the Church teaches us this, in a special way in this liturgical time." 
 
He then went on to describe this joy stating "What is this joy?  Is it having fun?

Pope Francis Says Wealth is Found in Jesus

Pope Francis' latest tweet:
 
'"I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance" says Jesus.  This is where true wealth is found, not in the material things.'
 
How true is this statement in today's material world, where great achievements are found in salary slips and expensive cars? 
 
God gives us everything we need, through the resurrecting grace of Jesus Christ which comes to us by way of the Holy Spirit. 

Month of Mary and a Multitude of Opportunities to Deepen our Faith in Scotland

This month of Mary gives the people of Scotland, particularly those in the Glasgow area, a real opportunity to deepen their faith and develop their relationship with Christ.
 
There is much happening in Glasgow this May!!
 
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