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Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality: The Truth.



Following a recent discussion on our Facebook page I thought it might be useful to draft up a short note on our Catholic faith and homosexuality.  It is intentionally brief.  For a more in-depth article on the matter pleaseclick this link.

 
Our Catholic faith tells us that homosexual acts are wrong. I think it's hard for us to hear this in such an abrupt way in today's world but this is what we are taught by faith. The reason such acts are wrong is that God has ordered us male and female for the authentic union that is marriage between man and woman and to be completely open to the precious gift of new life.

David Luiz recognises the true value of marriage as he vows to abstain from pre-marital sex

 
Paris St Germain and Brazil player David Luiz, aged 28, has gone against the popular tide and vowed to remain a virgin until he marries his girlfriend Sara Madeira.
 
 
The former Chelsea defender was recently baptized into a Pentecostal congregation and, similar to his Brazilian countryman Kaka, has decided to go public about the value of abstaining from sex until marriage.
 
 
Such witness to the value of marriage and indeed the sexual encounter is so vital in this world where sex is to be obtained at any cost, even when it means sacrificing the lives of innocent children.

Fifteen things to know about Lent

 
What is Lent?  What are the rules for fasting during Lent?  Do you need to give up something for Lent?  Are you allowed instrumental music during Mass through Lent?
 
These are all questions ably answered by Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin in his great blog. 
 
Click here to learn 'Nine things you need to know about Lent':http://jimmyakin.com/2015/02/9-things-you-need-to-know-about-lent-2.html
 
Click here to learn 'Six liturgical no-no's during Lent':

Abstinence the way forward for African nations in fight against AIDS

 
In the face of increased sexualisation and increased use of contraception across the world, some African nations are resorting to more traditional means of disease control.
 
In 2002, aHarvard University Studyrevealed how the east African nation of Uganda managed to significantly decrease the number of people suffering from the AIDS virus, and all because of abstinence.
 
The country started a programme in the late 1980's aimed at tackling AIDS through abstinence and the preservation of sexual relations for marriage.

Don't Become a Virtual Family

Interesting article from the Integrated Catholic Life website considering how we, as Catholic parents, can develop a more balanced lifestyle where faith is the centre of an increasingly technological age.
 
Click here to read the article:
 
 
 

Dwelling on the Word of God: Resisting Temptation (Tuesday 18th February 2014)

From today's reading (James 1:12-18):
 
'Everyone who is tempted is attracted and seduced by his own wrong desire. Then the desire conceives and gives birth to sin, and when sin is fully grown, it too has a child, and the child is death.'
 
 
This is quite a chilling passage! 
 
The lesson is to resist temptation; much like Jesus did when he was tempted by the devil.
 
Perhaps it is worth just reading this passage over and over for a minute or so, just to let it sink in; to absorb it.

Glasgow Shines Brightly as the Pro-Life Movement Takes Centre Stage

Our Lady's statue is carried through Glasgow
 
Last night the centre of Glasgow witnessed the joy and splendour of life, wrapped up in a beautiful Rosary, dignified procession, and passionate celebration of the Mass.
 
It was pro-life night and the people of Glasgow took to the streets to spread the Good News of life.  Around 300 people were present in George Square and it was evident that numbers were slightly up on last year which was encouraging. 
 
The Rosary, led by Father John Keenan of the University of Glasgow and St Patrick’s, Anderston, was a beautiful show of devotion and honour to Our Blessed Mother whose statue, held ably aloft by two young volunteers, looked lovingly over the crowd as it prayed.

ONE OF US PRO-LIFE CAMPAIGN IS HITTING THE HEIGHTS ACROSS EUROPE

The 'One of Us' Initiative Logo
 
You may not have noticed it in the mainstream press but a European initiative aimed at protecting the respect, dignity and integrity of the human embryo has achieved a colossal 1.3 million signatures across Europe in support of its aims as we approach a November 1st deadline.
 
The figure is significant as it means the initiative is – after passing the 1 million signatories mark - now entitled to invite the European Commission to propose legislation around the protection of the human embryo.

St Therese of the Child Jesus (also known as St Therese of Lisieux)

 
St Therese
 
Although St Therese, who became a Carmelite nun at the tender age of 15 in Lisieux, is one of the most famous Saints of the Church, very little was known of her prior to her death in 1897 at the age of 24. 
 
It was only a number of years after her death that the true beauty of her life came to light, through her memoirs which her prioress Mother Agnes of Jesus had asked her to write some two years prior to her death.  With the publication of these memoirs came a “storm of glory” that swept the world producing miracles, conversions, cures and apparitions.
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