During the season of Lent, a number of people will gather
outside four hospitals in Scotland in quiet, prayerful vigil to stand up for the inherent
dignity and value of human life. The 40 Days for Life vigils
will be held outside the grounds of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in
Glasgow, the Royal Infirmaries in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and Ninewells in
Dundee. It is peaceful, it is calm, and there is certainly no aggression or
scare tactics adopted, despite what the mainstream media try to portray.
Mike Pence at March for Life
TodayVice President Mike Pencespoke to hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates gathered for the annual March for Life on the National Mall. He is the first Vice President to address the March in person. Counselor to the PresidentKellyanne Conwayalso spoke at today’s March.
Vice President Pence’sremarks reflected his deep roots in the pro-life movement and the Trump-Pence Administration’s commitments to the right to life cause:
“Today, because of all of you and the many thousands who stand with us in marches like this all across the nation, life is winning again in America.
First it was Ronaldo encouraging team-mate Joao Moutinho to
take a penalty and telling him that the outcome is “in God’s hands”. Now we have Ronaldo and the Portugal head
coach Fernando Santos thanking the Creator.
Ronaldo, who was stretchered off injured after just 25
minutes of the Euro 2016 final against France, told journalists after the game
that he “asked God for another chance”, a reference to previous failed attempts
to win a major title with Portugal.
Pope Francis heard Confessions in the days leading up to the Mass
Pope Francis has given a lesson in love and freedom during
his homily at the Jubilee Mass for Young People in Rome.
The Pope, speaking to thousands of youth in St Peter’s
Square, said that Jesus himself declared that Christians would be known “by the
way they love one another.” The Pope
continued saying, “love, in other words, is the Christian’s identity card.”
The Pope then tackled the meaning of love, stating that love
is something you give.
I am astonishedand no less disappointed to see that few of
the major UK news outlets have covered yesterday’s House of Commons vote, when
MPs voted 278 – 0 in favour of declaring ISIS/Daesh atrocities against
Christians and Yazidis as genocide.
If the Holocaust were to occur today, would the media recognise
the atrocity and label it as genocide?
If the massacre of Srebrenica were to occur today, would the media
recognise the suffering people of the city and label it as genocide? And what about Rwanda in 1994?
Pope Francis welcomes some of the migrants to Rome
Pope Francis has once again thrust the Catholic Church into
the spotlight; this time by bringing a group of twelve Syrian migrants from the
island of Lesbos to live in Rome. The
families travelled with the pope back to Italy after he made a visit to the
small Greek island last weekend. It is
understood the three families, all Muslim, were fully prepped for the move
ahead of the pope’s visit.
The finer details of how all of this will pan out remain to
be seen, but the gesture itself is one of great love and generosity on the part
Tim Stanley, in his latest blog post, gets to the heart of post-Synod exhortation Amoris Laetitia, bypassing
all the drama and criticism, and appreciating the document for what it truly
is: ‘a wise lecture on the meaning of love that is built entirely on Catholic
He sums it up saying: ‘there’s an ideal family, there’s a
broken reality and the bridge between the two must be the Catholic Church’.
In his new exhortation,Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis has expressed the need to view the family unit as an opportunity rather than a problem, and has encouraged the Church to be more understanding and compassionate towards those who experience difficulties in family life. There is a real sense of challenge in the document; a challenge to a deeper, less self-centred love towards all people, coupled with a deeper sense of humility.
The document, which runs to 264 pages, also speaks highly of the value of children and the need for married couples to be open to the prospect of new life.
In today’s Gospel we hear about the washing of the apostles’
feet by Jesus. Peter was very resistant
to this as it seemed completely absurd to have Jesus do such a thing. This was, after all, God made man, the
Saviour of the world! It should surely
be the other way round would have been Peter’s thinking.
Yet Jesus makes it clear that this is something he must
do. Firstly, he makes it clear that “unless
I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” This is a clear link to our Baptism and its
fundamental importance in our salvation.
Comic Relief and its spin off Sport Relief certainly do get the nation’s
charitable juices flowing at this time of year.
It also causes much debate among Catholics as to whether or not we
should be contributing to such a charity and allowing our schools and children
to participate in the fund raising frenzy.
It seems that every year we face the same dilemma, yet the goalposts
haven’t moved for years. Comic Relief (and
Sport Relief) is a charity that gives great cause for concern when it comes to