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Sister Lucia of Fatima spells out the reality of the battle over marriage and family life

Sister Lucia dos Santos
 
As we approach the second and final part of the Synod on Marriage and Family Life it is important for us to remember these words of Sister Lucia of Fatima, one of three children who were visited by Our Blessed Mother Mary during the twentieth century.
 
 
Lucia describes how the final battle between the Lord and Satan will be about marriage and the family, but that anyone who stands for the sanctity of marriage and the family should not fear as "Our Lady has already crushed its head".

It is true….only Jesus can save us (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 26th April 2015)

Only this man has the power to save us
 
Sunday’s First Reading (Acts 4:8-12):
 
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter said: ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today.

Is there really no salvation outside the Catholic Church?

Is the Catholic Church the only way to eternal life?
 
Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelisation at Catholic Answers, considers this most crucial question in his latest blog piece at catholic.com. 
 
In a thoroughly detailed and considered view on the matter, Tim comes to the following important conclusions:
 
1.No one who knowingly and deliberately rejects the truth will be saved. It doesn’t matter how good of a Muslim, Jew, Baptist, or anything else he may be. If anyone rejects the truth of Christ and his Church—even one definitive teaching—they will be lost.

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!

Pope Francis: death of the body is like a sleep from which Jesus awakens us

 
Pope Francis, at his Sunday Angelus in St Peter's Square, spoke of the dead and how they lie in cemeteries awaiting the final awakening; an awakening undertaken by Christ himself.
 
He urged the thousands gathered to pray for all the dead, "even those who no one remembers. We remember the victims of war and violence; the many "little ones" of the world crushed by hunger and poverty. We remember the anonymous who rest in common graves. We remember our brothers and sisters killed because they are Christians; and those who sacrificed their lives to serve others.

Pope Francis: the devil exists and we must fight against him with the armour of truth

 
Pope Francis often talks about the devil.  Indeed, some argue that he talks about the devil more than any other recent pope!  Yet, many people won't be aware of this because the mainstream media tend to ignore anything the Church or the Pope says about critical issues such as satan.  Now, I wonder why the media doesn't like to report anything the pope says about the devil.  Why on earth would the media not reflect on this crucial aspect of Church teaching?

God's Invitation to Eternal Life with Him....to Accept or Reject? (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 12th October 2014)

 
From Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 22:1-14):
 
Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people, ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they would not come. Next he sent some more servants. “Tell those who have been invited” he said “that I have my banquet all prepared, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready. Come to the wedding.” But they were not interested: one went off to his farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his servants, maltreated them and killed them.

Keeping God at the Heart of our Mission (Dwelling on the Word of God, Tuesday 3rd June 2014)

Young Catholic people spreading the Good News
 
From today’s Reading (Acts 20:17-27):
 
‘I have not hesitated to do anything that would be helpful to you.’
 
 
I found this little statement of St Paul’s contained in today’s reading to be incredibly powerful.  St Paul said these words to the elders of the Church in Ephesus and it comes in the context of a short speech in which he ultimately claims to have a clear conscience because he has put before them “the whole of God’s purpose”.

Dwelling on the Word of God: another warning from Jesus (Wednesday 2nd April 2014)

 
Today’s Gospel (John 5:17-30):
 
'Jesus said to the Jews, ‘My Father goes on working, and so do I.’ But that only made them even more intent on killing him, because, not content with breaking the sabbath, he spoke of God as his own Father, and so made himself God’s equal.
 To this accusation Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
the Son can do nothing by himself;
he can do only what he sees the Father doing:
and whatever the Father does the Son does too.
For the Father loves the Son

Dwelling on the Word of God: An Unjust God? (Friday 14th March 2014)

We find God's forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
 
Today’s Reading (Ezekiel 18:21-28):
 
‘Thus says the Lord:
  ‘If the wicked man renounces all the sins he has committed, respects my laws and is law-abiding and honest, he will certainly live; he will not die. All the sins he committed will be forgotten from then on; he shall live because of the integrity he has practised. What! Am I likely to take pleasure in the death of a wicked man – it is the Lord who speaks – and not prefer to see him renounce his wickedness and live?
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