Do we take Jesus for granted?
Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 4:21-30):
to speak in the synagogue: ‘This text is being fulfilled today even as you
listen.’ And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the
gracious words that came from his lips. They said, ‘This is Joseph’s son,
But he replied, ‘No doubt you will quote me the saying,
“Physician, heal yourself” and tell me, “We have heard all that happened in
Capernaum, do the same here in your own countryside.”’ And he went on, ‘I tell
you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.
The petition will be debated in Holyrood
Scottish MSPs will today discuss a petition calling on the
government to make incest legal between consenting adults over the age of
The petition, by Richard Morris, claims that the existing
law is “inappropriate, unfair, ineffective and discriminatory” and suggests
that public “prejudice and bigotry” about incest was caused by ignorance. He has also apparently likened the issue to
historical treatment of homosexuals.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear on the matter
of incest and states the following:
We are delighted to bring to you a new newsletter for families titled 'Handing on the Faith', produced by Dermot Grenham.
The newsletter considers the importance of handing on the Catholic faith to our children and explores the most effective ways of doing this within the family unit. Relatively short and easy to understand, the text is full of excellent hints and tips for living a life of faith with those closest to us, suggesting that this can be the catalyst for family members to 'humanise' our world, bringing God's compassion and mercy to all.
Surrender and let Jesus shine out of you
(alternative) Second Reading (1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27):
'Just as a
human body, though it is made up of many parts, is a single unit because all
these parts, though many, make one body, so it is with Christ. In the one
Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as
citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to drink.
Nor is the body to be identified with any one of its many
parts. Now you together are Christ’s body; but each of you is a different part
40 Days for Life vigil in Little Rock, US
The 40 Days for Life initiative is coming to Glasgow! Between 10th February and 20th March (during the season of Lent) pro-life advocates and supporters are invited to commit to a prayerful vigil outside the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where abortions are known to take place.
The vigil will be one of quiet, peaceful prayer, without graphic imagery and without any attempts to approach people, unless they approach us.
today to hear that Northern Ireland’s new, and first female, First Minster and leader of the
Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster has previously rejected any notion of
extending the UK’s Abortion Act to the
country. It is good to know that there
are people out there who are willing to swim against the tide of liberal
relativism and secularism in order to protect the unborn. Her stance is quite the opposite of Sinn Fein,
a party that sold its soul last year by committing itself to the legalisation
of abortion in the province.
Jesus was compassionate but firm in the Truth
Pope Francis, during his Sunday Angelus, has spoken about the
importance of Baptism and the role it plays in our lives. Having earlier baptised 26 baby girls and boys at
morning Mass, the pope was keen to impress upon the gathered faithful the
critical nature of this sacrament.
pope said that in Baptism the Holy Spirit "burns and destroys original sin, returning
to baptism the beauty of divine grace.”
pope then stressed the importance of following Jesus and being obedient to the
Truth whilst remaining true to Christ’s qualities of tenderness and humility.
The campaign aims to tackle proposals to extend the abortion time limit
A group of organisations has launched a campaign aimed at
countering an increasing public call to make abortion more widely available in
Scotland. The campaign, led by SPUC
Scotland and supported by other groups including the Catholic Church and the Muslim
Council of Scotland, comes just weeks after the decision of the Westminster
Government to devolve the law relating to abortion to the Scottish Parliament.
The campaign, titled ‘Don’t Stop a Beating Heart’, argues
that abortion should not be made more widely available than the current 24-week
time limit, countering the argument that the time limit should be extended.