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February 2015

A call to Catholic dads: man up and make Jesus the real hero! (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 1st March 2015)

Jesus Christ: truly heroic
 
Sunday’s First Reading (Genesis 22:1-2,9-13,15-18):
 
‘God put Abraham to the test. ‘Abraham, Abraham’ he called. ‘Here I am’ he replied. ‘Take your son,’ God said ‘your only child Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him as a burnt offering, on a mountain I will point out to you.’
 
When they arrived at the place God had pointed out to him, Abraham built an altar there, and arranged the wood. Then he bound his son Isaac and put him on the altar on top of the wood.

Catholic Mother of IS Victim Forgives Her Son’s Killer

James Foley
 
The Catholic mother of murdered journalist James Foley has said that she forgives Mohammed Emwazi (known as ‘Jihadi John’) who is believed to have killed her son.  Diane Foley told the Times: “It saddens me, his [Jihadi John’s] continued hatred.  He felt wronged, now we hate him – now that just prolongs the hatred.  We need to end it.  As a mum I forgive him.  The whole thing is an ongoing tragedy.”
 
If ever there was faith in action in our modern world, this is it.

Pro-life? Then choose your charities carefully...

 
Comic Relief's support of abortion is well documented and has been an ongoing topic of concern for a number of years among pro-life advocates.  Another charity well known for its abortion links is, rather ironically, Save the Children.
 
But did you know that Barnardos recommends Marie Stopes on its 'links' page or that Childline promotes abortion as a 'legitimate choice'?  Did you know that the British Heart Foundation has assisted in raising £12m for stem cell research?

New Education Guidance on Same-Sex Marriage Seeks to Protect Religious Views

 
New Equality and Human Rights Commission guidance on how same-sex marriage should be taught in schools appears to offer protection to those who believe that marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
 
The guidance makes the following important points:
 
No school, or individual teacher, is under a duty to support, promote or endorse marriage of same sex couples.
 
Teachers and other school staff, parents and pupils are all free to hold personal opinions on the marriage of same sex couples, including a view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

This Lent, Come Home to Christ

 
Lent is now upon us and we can all hopefully look forward to spending much time reflecting on our faith and our relationship with Jesus as we embark on a journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
 
And while we have the option to develop our relationship with Jesus all year round, there is perhaps no better time than Lent to spend a little more time in the presence of Christ; one to one.  This Lent we are invited to get up and walk a while with our Saviour.  We are asked to pray more often than normal; to fast more; and to give more freely to those in need.

Crucial Vote on Three Parent Embryos - it's our last chance to have a say

 
Please read the following text from John Deighan of the Catholic Parliamentary Office and please click the links to contact a House of Lords peer and also add your name to the petition. 
 
This proposed new legislation, along with abortion and euthanasia, will mean the eradication of disabled people from our society.  Such a process is completely wrong and is inequality at its evil best.
 
 
Here is what John Deighan has to say:
 
The promotion of three-parent embryos has been based on compassion for victims of genetic disorders.

Were the Crusades Just Wars?

 
In this latest Catholic Answers article, Steve Weidenkopf explores the reality of the Crusades in order to refute common modern myths suggesting the Church is culpable for unnecessary death and destruction.
 
There is a lot of confusion about the Crusades and who is at fault, and this article certainly brings considerable clarity to the matter, citing Islamic invasions of Christian lands as the catalyst for a just Christian response.
 
Click here to read the article at catholic.

Former Anglican priest reveals why he believes the Catholic Church is the only true Church

 
There are many wonderful stories of people converting to the Catholic faith and there are many reasons why people do this.  But for one Anglican priest it was the concept of authority which most influenced his decision to convert; for he found that only the Catholic Church had the authority of Christ. 
 
In his conversion story Father Dwight Longenecker reveals how the question of the ordination of women in the Anglican Church led him to a real consideration of authority in the Church and that this ultimately led him to understand and accept the authority of the Catholic Church.

Finding Joy in Giving Christ's Great Gift (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 15th February 2015)

The ultimate act of love
 
Sunday's Second Reading (1 Corinthians 10: 31-11:1):
 
'Whatever you eat, whatever you drink, whatever you do at all, do it for the glory of God. Never do anything offensive to anyone – to Jews or Greeks or to the Church of God; just as I try to be helpful to everyone at all times, not anxious for my own advantage but for the advantage of everybody else, so that they may be saved. Take me for your model, as I take Christ.'
 
 
This text from St Paul's first letter to the Corinthians is a real affirmation of Christ's call to love God and to love our neighbour.

A Family Never Forgets its Children - a real opportunity for post-abortive healing

 
There are some fascinating facts about pregnancy which, if more widely known, could provide help and healing for countless people affected by abortion.
 
Fetal cell microchimerism is not particularly well known yet it is a medically accepted biological process.  Essentially, it means that a mother carries cells from every child she ever conceives.  Therefore, a mother has biological knowledge of every one of her children, even if they are aborted or miscarried.
 
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