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Religion in Schools: The Debate Rolls On

There are currently two secular initiatives being presented to the Scottish Parliament around the role of religion in education.  One is to do with the representation by religious on education committees within local authorities, the other is to do with whether parents should be entitled to opt their children 'in' to religious observance at their school as opposed to the existing system of opt 'out'. 
 
As more of these initiatives start to surface there is a growing disquiet among people of an undercurrent that is continually trying to chip away at the existence of faith schools in our country.

Dwelling on the Word of God: True Freedom in God (Monday 23rd December 2013

 
From Today’s Psalm (Psalm 24):
 
‘Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.’
 
 
Jesus came to liberate us; to free us.  A lot of people can’t quite grasp that concept, especially in today’s world.  Where is this freedom when Christ’s Church claims homosexuality to be disordered?  Where is this freedom when women’s rights are seemingly put to one side in favour of an unborn child?
 
Yet the freedom Jesus brings is true freedom.  It’s not freedom to do as we please, when we please, how we please.

Sectarianism Not Caused by Denominational Schools

 
It’s what so many of us have been saying for years.  With a distinct lack of evidence to support the view of a vociferous minority, the government is on the verge of committing itself to the view that denominational (or faith) schools do not cause sectarianism.
 
While other countries with faith schools have known this all along we in Scotland have, for some reason, fumbled our way to this conclusion over a great many years.
 
The Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland, set up by the Scottish Government, was tasked with debating the issue of sectarianism in Scotland with a view to tackling the problem in the most effective manner.

Learn the Catholic Faith: Why are we here?

We are on earth in order to know and to love God, to do good according to his will, and to go someday to heaven.
 
To be a human being means to come from God and to go to God.  Our origin goes back farther than our parents.  We come from God, in whom all the happiness of heaven and earth is at home, and we are expected in his everlasting, infinite blessedness.  Meanwhile we live on this earth.  Sometimes we feel that our Creator is near; often we feel nothing at all.  So that we may find the way home.

Evangelii Gaudium: Pope Francis on Women and the Church

Our Blessed Mother, Mary
 
‘The Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society through the sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets which they, more than men, tend to possess. I think, for example, of the special concern which women show to others, which finds a particular, even if not exclusive, expression in motherhood. I readily acknowledge that many women share pastoral responsibilities with priests, helping to guide people, families and groups and offering new contributions to theological reflection.

Learn the Catholic Faith: What happens when we die and what will the Second Coming of Christ be like?

 
Taken from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
 
What happens when we die?
 
1021 Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ. The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and faith. The parable of the poor man Lazarus and the words of Christ on the cross to the good thief, as well as other New Testament texts speak of a final destiny of the soul -a destiny which can be different for some and for others.

Learning the Catholic Faith: Animals

How should we treat animals?
 
Animals are our fellow creatures, which we should care for and in which we should delight, just as God delights in their existence.
 
Anuimals, too, are sentient creatures of God.  It is a sin to torture them, to allow them to suffer, or to kill them uselessly.  Nevertheless, man may not place love of animals above love of man.
 
(from the Catholic Youth Catechism question 437)

Marriage & Family Life - have your say!

The Archdioceses of Glasgow and St Andrew's & Edinburgh have launched further details on their consultation programme ahead of next year's Synod of Bishops which will look at marriage and family life.
 
The Synod has been called by Pope Francis and will be vital in gathering the lay faithful's views on important matters such as marriage and same-sex unions.
 
This is your opportunity to express your view.  Don't let it pass.
 
Please click the appropriate link, below.

Learning the Catholic Faith: Difficulties with Praying

 
What if prayer doesn't help?
 
Prayer does not seek superficial success but rather the will of God and intimacy with Him.
God's apparent silence is itself an invitation to take a step farther in total devotion, boundless faith, endless expectation.  Anyone who prays must allow God the complete freedom to speak whenever He wants, to grant whatever He wants, and to give Himself however He wants.
 
Often we say: I have prayed, but it did not help at all.  Maybe we are not praying intensely enough.

The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano

The host turned to flesh
 
For those who seek evidence for the existence of God look no further than the small Italian town of Lanciano and the miracle which took place there in the 8 century.
 
One day while saying Mass, a Basilian monk who had been having serious doubts about the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, witnessed an incredible miracle along with his 100-strong congregation.  During the prayer of consecration, while he held up the host, he started to visibly shake and turning to face the congregation he said,
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