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April 2015

It is true….only Jesus can save us (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 26th April 2015)

Only this man has the power to save us
 
Sunday’s First Reading (Acts 4:8-12):
 
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter said: ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today.

The Shroud of Turin: the true burial cloth of Jesus Christ

 
The Shroud of Turin has once again gone on public display in the Cathedral of John the Baptist in northern Italy.  It is the first public display of the cloth in five years and it is expected to last for a period of 67 days, drawing in millions of pilgrims including Pope Francis, who will visit the city to venerate the Shroud on 21 June.
 
 
The Shroud has been the subject of considerable debate over the years with regard to its authenticity; as many claim it to be the shroud in which Christ was buried.

Number of Catholic grows by 139 million in a decade

The Church continues to experience rapid growth in Africa
 
The total number of Catholic people across the world has increased by 139 million to a total of 1,254 million in the last decade. 
 
The Church has experienced a significant rise in Catholics in Africa (34%) while the number of Catholics in Europe has risen slightly.  In America, Catholic continue to represent a total of 63% of the population.
 

Confessing our Sins and Keeping God’s Commandments: the Key to Perfection (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 19th April 2015)

 
From Sunday’s First Reading (Acts 3:13-15,17-19):
 
‘Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.’
 
Peter, in the short passage from Sunday’s first reading, gives a clear and incredibly simple instruction to the people who put Christ to death.  He tells them to repent of their sins and turn to God; and the result of this according to Peter?  Their sins will no longer exist.  It’s very simple stuff!  It's also incredibly merciful when you consider what the people did to Jesus; how they ridiculed him, abused him, spat on him and beat him.

Is Jesus using symbolism when he tells us to eat his body and drink his blood?

For the answer to this common question click the link below to see what Catholic Answers apologist Tim Staples has to say...
 

Instituting the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 12th April 2015)

From Sunday’s Gospel (John 20:19-31):
 
‘The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord, and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you.
‘As the Father sent me,
so am I sending you.’
After saying this he breathed on them and said:
‘Receive the Holy Spirit.
For those whose sins you forgive,
they are forgiven;
for those whose sins you retain,
they are retained.’’
 
 
There is a lot to take on board from this week’s Gospel story.  There are perhaps two important strands; the first is Jesus’ gift of the Holy Spirit to his disciples, the second is Thomas’unbelief.

Little Walter Fretz lived only moments outside of his mother's womb, but his images are changing the world

Walter Fretz was born at 19 weeks gestation after his mother suffered a miscarriage.  He sadly only lived for a few moments outside of the womb, but this hasn't prevented his short life from having a significant impact on the abortion debate.
 
Little Walter's story has been changing hearts and minds across the globe and this is in no small part down to the images released by his family, taken shortly after he was born.
 
The images show the true beauty of humanity, even at the very early stages of development.

The glory of Easter: accepting and sharing Jesus' outstretched hand of love

 
The next few days are simply fascinating!  The future of every human being has already been affected by what is about to unfold as our Lenten journey comes to an end and we find ourselves immersed in the incredible reality of Christ's Passion, death and Resurrection. 
 
With the exception of reading this article, stop whatever you are doing right now.  Take a moment to ponder the reality of what you are about to read and let it really sink in....
 
Around two thousand years ago a man was brutally beaten and killed.

Jesus wants a little of your time. What is your response?

'My soul is sad, my heart is breaking tonight
Could you not watch and comfort me until light?
Am I alone, surrounded only by night?
Could you not watch one hour with me?

Could you not keep awake for one hour with me?
Is it so hard that you should do this for me?
I die for you that you might always be free.
Could you not watch one hour with me?

And so I weep, and there is no-one to hear,
I am in pain; will on-one witness my tears?
I am your God, and as my passion draws near,
Could you not watch one hour with me?

The Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ....in Lego

This is the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ as you've never seen it before.  While depicting this earth shattering event using Lego may, on the face of it, seem inappropriate, this is certainly not the case.

Indeed this is a very useful way to show children the story of the Passion.  You may even want to watch it with your children now.

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