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January 2016

The Dangers of Familiarity in Faith (Dwelling on the Word of God)

Do we take Jesus for granted?

Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 4:21-30):

‘Jesus began 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, surely?’
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.

Pope Francis speaks of the dignity of human life from conception until natural death

Petitioner seeks to legalise incest between consenting adults in Scotland

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 21. 


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:

Handing on the Faith - A Newsletter for Families (January 2016)

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.

One with Christ (Dwelling on the Word of God)

Surrender and let Jesus shine out of you

Sunday’s (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 of it.

40 Days for Life comes to Glasgow

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.

Northern Ireland’s New First Minster Rejects Abortion Act

Arlene Foster

Encouraging 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.

Is it possible to be faithful to the Truth whilst also being humble and compassionate?

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.


The pope said that in Baptism the Holy Spirit "burns and destroys original sin, returning to baptism the beauty of divine grace.”


The 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.

Short film calls men to be real men, sacrificing all for others

Following on from Bishop Thomas Olmstead's exhortation document Into the Breach, a short film has been produced to encourage men to be real men, following in the footsteps of Christ and sacrificing everything for others.

Pro-life alliance launches ‘Don’t Stop a Beating Heart’ campaign in Scotland

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.
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