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December 2013

Do science and faith contradict each other?

Is there a contradiction between faith and science?
There is no insoluble contradiction between faith and science, because there cannot be two kinds of truth.
There is not one truth of faith that is in competition with another truth of science. There is only one truth, to which both faith and scientific reason refer. God intended reason, with which we can recognize the rational structures of the world, just as he intended faith. That is why the Christian faith demands and promotes the (natural) sciences.

Dwelling on the Word of God: A Child is Born for Everyone (Tuesday 24th December 2013)

 
From today’s Psalm (Psalm 88):
 
‘I will sing forever of your love, O Lord’
 
 
Sing!  Rejoice!  Dance!  Because the Lord our Saviour, our hope and our light, is coming! 
 
Sin had made its way in the world, and people were becoming desperate.  Poverty and disease were rife.  Inequality spanned the globe and hatred stretched to the four corners of the earth.  Where honour was bestowed on one man, jealousy rose in another.  Where riches were left to one family, poverty was inevitably passed down to another.

Abortion tide continues to turn as Spain tightens up termination rights

Spanish pro-life campaigners will see this decision as a step in the right direction
 
The conservative government in Spain has remained true to its word by rolling back legislation on abortion to restrict the procedure to cases of rape, serious foetal deformity, or if the pregnancy a grave mental or physical health risk to the mother or baby.
 
While the new draft legislation is yet to be approved by Parliament there is widespread consensus that Parliament will push through the changes without issue; given the ruling Popular Party’s majority control.

Dwelling on the Word of God: True Freedom in God (Monday 23rd December 2013

 
From Today’s Psalm (Psalm 24):
 
‘Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.’
 
 
Jesus came to liberate us; to free us.  A lot of people can’t quite grasp that concept, especially in today’s world.  Where is this freedom when Christ’s Church claims homosexuality to be disordered?  Where is this freedom when women’s rights are seemingly put to one side in favour of an unborn child?
 
Yet the freedom Jesus brings is true freedom.  It’s not freedom to do as we please, when we please, how we please.

Learning the Catholic Faith: Is the Bible True?

 
Is Sacred Scripture True?
 
“The books of Scripture firmly, faithfully, and without error teach [the] truth.  Written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author” (Second Vatican Council, DV 11).
 
The Bible did not fall from heaven in its final form, nor did God dictate it to human scribes who copied it down mechanically.  Rather “God chose certain men who…made full use of their own faculties and powers so that, though he acted in them and by them, it was as true authors that they consigned to writing whatever he wanted written, and no more” (Second Vatican Council , DV 11).

Dwelling on the Word of God: Rejoicing at Mary’s ‘Yes’ (Friday 20th December 2013)

 
Today’s Gospel (Luke 1:26-38):      
 
The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen!

Learn the Catholic Faith: Can the Church be Wrong?

 
The faithful as a whole cannot err in faith, because Jesus promised his disciples that he would send them the Spirit of truth and keep them in the truth (Jn 14:17).
 
Just as the disciples believed Jesus with their whole heart, a Christian can rely completely on the Church when he asks about the way to life.  Since Jesus Christ himself gave his apostles the commission to teach, the Church has a teaching authority (the Magisterium) and must not remain silent.  Although individual members of the Church can err and even make serious mistakes, the Church as a whole can never fall away from God’s truth.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Foolish to Doubt God (Thursday 19th December 2013)

 
Today’s Gospel (Luke 1:5-25):
 
'In the days of King Herod of Judaea there lived a priest called Zechariah who belonged to the Abijah section of the priesthood, and he had a wife, Elizabeth by name, who was a descendant of Aaron. Both were worthy in the sight of God, and scrupulously observed all the commandments and observances of the Lord. But they were childless: Elizabeth was barren and they were both getting on in years.
Now it was the turn of Zechariah’s section to serve, and he was exercising his priestly office before God when it fell to him by lot, as the ritual custom was, to enter the Lord’s sanctuary and burn incense there.

Learning the Catholic Faith: Handing on the Catholic Faith - our Duty to Evangelise

 
Why do we hand on the faith?
 
We hand on the faith because Jesus commands us: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19).
 
No genuine Christian leaves the transmission of the faith exclusively to specialists (teachers, pastors, missionaries).  We are Christ for others.  This means that every genuine Christian would like God to come to other people, too.  He says to himself, “’The Lord needs me!  I have been baptised and confirmed and am responsible for helping the people around me to learn about God and to come to the knowledge of the truth’ (1 Tim 2:4b).

Dwelling on the Word of God: Trusting in God’s Will as Joseph did (Wednesday 18th December 2013)

 
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 1:18-24):
 
‘This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.
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