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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.

Only Jesus can save us from the grasp of the devil (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 1st February 2015)

 
Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 1:21-28):

‘Jesus and his followers went as far as Capernaum, and as soon as the sabbath came he went to the synagogue and began to teach. And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.
In their synagogue just then there was a man possessed by an unclean spirit and it shouted, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus said sharply, ‘Be quiet!

Dwelling on the Word of God: are we prepared to say ‘yes’ to God as Mary did? (Tuesday 25th March 2014)

 
Today’s Gospel (Luke 1:26-38):
 
‘The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus.

Dwelling on the Word of God: St Joseph – A Role Model for Dads (Wednesday 19th March 2014)

 
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 1:16,18-21,24):
 
‘Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.
  This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Struggling in Prayer (Wednesday 30th October 2013)

From today's reading (Romans 8:26-30):
 
'The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness.  For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words...'
 
 
What great comfort we can take from this! 
St Paul tells us that, even when we struggle to pull together the right words in prayer, the Holy Spirit knows what we mean and will transform it into a language that God will understand.
 

Dwelling on the Word of God: Be Ready for the Son of Man (Wednesday 23 October 2013)

 
Taken from today’s Gospel (Luke 12:39-48)
 
‘You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’
 
 
Are we ready for Jesus coming down to earth from Heaven on the last day?  Are we ready for that final day when we will be judged and our eternal fate decided?  Jesus gives us a simple warning to always be ready for that day. 
In order to be ready I think it is important that we always maintain a good prayer life, giving God His proper place at all times.

Dwelling on the Word of God: we must love like children (Wednesday 2nd October 2013)

 
Today's Gospel: Matthew 18:1-5,10
 
The disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
  ‘Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.

Priests report worldwide increase in people seeking the Sacrament of Reconciliation

 
It was with great joy that I heard two priests who are covering the events of World Youth Day for EWTN claim that the Church has witnessed a significant increase in people seeking the sacrament of Confession over recent months. 
 
I can imagine it would be difficult to pin this increase down to precise numbers but even this kind of talk is enough to raise the spirit within.  And it is not hard to believe that the increasing interest in the Faith brought about principally around the conclave, Pope Francis’ subsequent appointment, and his desire to be close to people, is bringing the faithful back to the Churches and seeking God’s forgiveness.
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