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May 2014

Good luck to Caritas pupils

Scots Catholic would like to wish all Caritas pupils the very best ahead of their awards ceremony in Glasgow tomorrow.
To do the good work they do in and around the community while ensuring their faith is kept firmly at the centre of that work is a valuable life lesson to us all.
Well done to them.

Witnessing to the Truth (Dwelling on the Word of God, Friday 30th May)

 
From today’s Reading (Acts 18:9-18):
 
‘At Corinth one night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid to speak out, nor allow yourself to be silenced: I am with you.’’
 
God, in this vision experienced by St Paul, tells Paul not to be afraid and to speak the Truth.  And Paul is now in Heaven because he was prepared to heed that call to be a witness to the Father here on earth.
 
How do I shape up as a witness to the Truth?  Am I prepared to speak about Jesus and his love and mercy?

Views of school parents sought ahead of Scottish Education seminar

The Scottish Catholic Observer has today published an article on an up and coming seminar on the subject of education and organisers are looking for parents of schoolchildren to complete a survey to ensure parents' views have an impact.
 
Catholic education is of vital importance to our children and the wider community and parents are urged to take a few moments to complete the survey, drafted by the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, before the seminar on 14th June at the Xavier Centre, Carfin.

Why the Ascension of the Lord Matters

The brilliant Father Robert Barron considers why the solemnity of the Ascension is so important.
 
 

Don't Become a Virtual Family

Interesting article from the Integrated Catholic Life website considering how we, as Catholic parents, can develop a more balanced lifestyle where faith is the centre of an increasingly technological age.
 
Click here to read the article:
 
 
 

Where the Church is, Jesus is (Dwelling on the Word of God, Thursday 29th May 2014)

 
From today’s Gospel (Matthew 28:16-20):
 
‘Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.  And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’
 
 
These words of Jesus must have been a great comfort to the disciples.  Not only does he give them specific instructions to convert all people and nations to the Christian faith, he also tells them that he will be with them to the end of time.

No hiding from Truth (Dwelling on the Word of God, Wednesday 28th May 2014)

 
From today’s Reading (Acts 17:15,22-18:1):
 
‘So Paul stood before the whole Council of the Areopagus and made this speech:
‘Men of Athens, I have seen for myself how extremely scrupulous you are in your religious matters, because I noticed, as I strolled round admiring your sacred monuments, that you had an altar inscribed: To An Unknown God.  Well, the God whom I proclaim is in fact the one whom you already worship without knowing it.’’
 
 
Doesn’t St Paul show incredible strength and courage in this passage, standing before the people of Athens telling them who their God is?

Jesus: Our Greatest Friend in the Highest of Places (Dwelling on the Word of God, Wednesday 21st May 2014)

 
From today’s Gospel (John 15:1-8):
 
‘If you remain in me
and my words remain in you,
you may ask what you will
and you shall get it.’
 
 
These words of Jesus might leave us all thinking that we could have whatever we wanted when we want it!  What joy!!
 
Yet the truth is somewhat different.  We can ask Jesus for things if we want to.  We can even beg him.  But he won’t always deliver exactly what we want.  Indeed the true joy is not in getting the things we want but in having Jesus listen to us and affording us the opportunity to build up our relationship with him.

Jesus: the only way to God

 
This is an interesting article on the Integrated Catholic Life website on Jesus' declaration that he is 'the Way, the Truth, and the Life'.
 

Dwelling on the Word of God: True Peace in a Loving Saviour (Tuesday 20th May 2014)

 
From today’s Gospel (John 14:27-31):
 
‘Jesus said to his disciples:
 
‘Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give,
this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.’’
 
 
What is peace?  Is it a harmonious world where everyone gets along?  Is it a quiet, still world where there is no noise?  Are these examples of the kind of peace Jesus is talking about?  Perhaps they are or perhaps they are not.  Jesus knows what we need and he knows what true peace is.
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