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November 2014

Why they were right to call this Friday 'black'

 
I must admit to a certain amount of fascination and no little degree of sadness when I watched the footage of people unashamedly barging their way through others to get to 'Black Friday' bargains today. 
 
It is quite incredible what the commercial machine can achieve when it brings together its biggest players and they suggest a day of discounts for all.  One thing is certain: the ploy has been a masterstroke for the coffers of the likes of Tesco and Asda.

Staying awake for Jesus (Dwelling on the Word of God, 30th November 2014)

 
Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 13:33-37):
 
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come. It is like a man travelling abroad: he has gone from home, and left his servants in charge, each with his own task; and he has told the doorkeeper to stay awake. So stay awake, because you do not know when the master of the house is coming, evening, midnight, cockcrow, dawn; if he comes unexpectedly, he must not find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!

Pope Francis calls on European Parliament to recognise the centrality of God and the human person

Picture: Reuters
 
Pope Francis has warned the European Parliament in Strasbourg that all of Europe needs to work together to build a Europe which revolves 'not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person, around inalienable values.' 
 
The Pope, in a clear criticism of euthanasia and abortion, said that 'men and women risk being reduced to mere cogs in a machine that treats them as items of consumption to be exploited, with the result that - as is so tragically apparent - whenever a human life no longer proves useful for that machine, it is discarded with few qualms, as in the case of the terminally ill, the elderly who are abandoned and uncared for, and children who are killed in the womb.

Allow Jesus to work in you and through you for the benefit of others (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 23rd November 2014)

 
Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 25:31-46):
 
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.
  ‘Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world.

Pope calls all people to holiness (oh, and he has another pop at gossiping!)

 
Pope Francis, during his General Assembly on Wednesday morning, called all people to a life of holiness, stating that holiness is not something that is exclusive to bishops, priests and religious.
 
The pope said: "We are all called to be saints...it is by living with love and offering Christian witness that we are called to become saints… Always and everywhere you can become a saint, that is, by being receptive to the grace that is working in us and leads us to holiness.”
 
The pope also had yet another warning for those inclined to gossip, suggesting that where people meet and the conversation descends into gossip we must resist and say "No, no, no I will not gossip about anyone.

Poll suggests that Brits and Americans are light years apart on the origins of life

 
A recent YouGov poll has unearthed an astonishing difference in attitudes between British people and American people when it comes to the origins of life. 
 
In answer to the question ‘How do you personally think life on Earth began originally?’ a paltry 15% of Brits polled said that life was created by God.  This is compared to a much more respectable 53% of Americans.
 
In another interesting statistic, 19% of the Britons polled said that life was brought to earth by an older, alien civilisation from elsewhere in the universe.

Pope urges doctors to witness to the sanctity of human life

 
Read what the pope had to say recently to doctors on the value of human life. 
Click here to read the full text of the Pope’s address: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-urges-doctors-to-witness-to-sanctity-of-life
 

Church to open Year to Consecrated Life

We are all called to help build the kingdom of God (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 16th November 2014)

Are you prepared to use your talents to build God's kingdom?
 
From Sunday's Gospel (Matthew 25: 14-30):
 
Jesus spoke this parable to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a man on his way abroad who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to a third one; each in proportion to his ability. Then he set out.
  ‘The man who had received the five talents promptly went and traded with them and made five more.

Marriage: a Particular Call to Holiness

 
Kimberley Hahn, wife of well-known theologian Scott, discusses what she feels to be the most important elements in a successful Christian marriage.
 
In the article, Kimberley talks about the need for strong fathers in faith as a recent study revealed that a remarkable 90% of the family will fall in line behind a father who is actively engaged in the faith.
 
Kimberley, who has six children and who is about to be blessed with an eleventh grandchild, said that in terms of handing down the faith to her children she and her husband have ‘always emphasised to each one of our children: You need to give Christ everything – total self-donation.
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