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January 2015

Only Jesus can save us from the grasp of the devil (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 1st February 2015)

 
Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 1:21-28):

‘Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came he went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.
In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit and it shouted, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet!

Disabled and mentally ill increasingly at risk as Belgium becomes more and more liberal with assisted suicide

 
It’s not as if we didn’t know this was coming.  Belgium has, after all, already legalised the euthanizing of children.  But now the reality of assisted suicide for those who suffer from mental ill health and those who are disabled is becoming a reality, with increasing numbers of people using the option to take their own lives, and with considerable ease.
 
There are reported cases of a transgender man who struggled with mental illness from a childhood trauma and who was killed ‘with dignity’ as proponents of assisted suicide like to say.

Five Fat Lies in Fifty Shades of Grey

Find yourself fascinated by the prospect of the new Fifty Shades of Grey film?  Before you let your fascination run wild it may be useful to consider these ‘five fat lies’ in the film: violence is sexy, sexual brokenness is sexy, women should put up with stalkers, consent is secondary when lust is involved, and pornography is morally acceptable.
 
Interested?  Then read what Matt Fradd has to say on it inthis article at chastity.com:http://chastity.com/blog/five-fat-lies-in-fifty-shades-of-grey

The Bank of Fatherhood: Securing Eternal Life for our Children

Pope Francis wants more good fathers
 
Pope Francis, in his weekly general audience, has called on fathers to spend more time with their families.
 
The Pope's words are critically important to the future of the family and indeed the future of our society.  The role of fathers has gradually been chipped away in recent years, particularly in western secular societies where the role of father is seen as something that is no longer necessarily critical to the development of children.

This Catholic priest brought 15,000 young people to their feet with his pro-life story

Father Mario Majano
 
Father Mario Majano, a 28 year old Catholic priest from Washington DC, recently brought a 15,000 strong crowd to its feet during the Verizon Centre Mass for Life event in the capital.  The Mass was a follow-on from last week's March for Life which attracted hundreds of thousands of people.
 
Father Majano's story is one which brought tears to many people in the huge audience, but it was the tears of one woman in particular which made the headlines.
 
Click here to read the full story at lifesitenews.

Pope Francis encourages parishes to take part in ’24 Hours for The Lord’ initiative

Pope Francis hears a young man's confession
 
Pope Francis has invited parishes around the world to dedicate a full 24 hours to the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. The initiative, which started in 2014 and takes place on the fourth Sunday of Lent, has already been enthusiastically received by dioceses and parishes around the world.  It is hoped that it will encourage people to come to Confession and to meet the Lord.  It is also hoped that parishes will ensure the initiative coincides with Eucharistic Adoration.

Pope Francis warns against indifference to God and neighbour in his Lenten message

 
Pope Francis, in his 2015 Lenten message, has warned people to avoid indifference to God and indifference to the plight of our neighbour.
 
The Pope said: “God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation. In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, the gate between God and man, between heaven and earth, opens once for all. The Church is like the hand holding open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God’s word, her celebration of the sacraments and her witness of the faith which works through love (cf.

Science and the Catholic Church

Belgian priest Georges Lemaitre proposed the 'Big Bang' theory
 
Did you know that it was a Catholic priest who first proposed the ‘Big Bang’ theory?  Did you know that the man considered to be the ‘father of modern genetics’ is a Catholic priest? 
 
Some people suggest that science and religion don’t mix.  The truth, however, is very different.  As Michael Heller, a Polish cosmologist and winner of the $1.6million Templeton prize in 2008, once said: ‘Science is but a collective effort of the human mind to read the mind of God.

Gendercide update. Please contact your MP now!

 
An amendment to the Serious Crime Bill has been tabled which will make sex-selective abortion illegal in the UK.  Please click the link, below, to email your MP urging them to support the amendment (it's a pre-filled form and is very simple to do and literally takes seconds!).
 
While we will continue to pray and fight for an end to all abortions, we must ensure that abortion in our country isn't taken to the next level whereby a child is killed in the womb simply because of their gender.

Is Confession in Scripture?

 
Have you ever thought it is easier to simply say sorry to God yourself and that this is enough to absolve you from your sins?  Why should you need to go to a priest when you can speak directly to Jesus and ask for forgiveness?
 
The answer is in Sacred Scripture and it is probably clearer than you think.  Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics at Catholic Answers, has tackled this very issue head on and provides us with a detailed scriptural basis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the need for priestly participation.
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