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Synod Fathers Set an Understanding Tone as Mid-Term Report is Published

 
If I could sum up in one sentence what is contained in the Synod on Family Life’s mid-term report - as presented by the Synod’s General Reporter Cardinal Erdo - I would say: ‘Imitating the loving gaze of Christ to appreciate the difficulties experienced by many people and recognising the need to offer them companionship, in the hope that together we may experience the joy of the Gospel of the family.’
 
There are numerous reports circulating about the document, many of which are suggesting a significant change in tone with the possibility of changes in Church doctrine.

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.

Pope Francis asks for prayers aheead of Synod of Bishops

 
Today, in his General Audience, Pope Francis asked for the prayers of the faithful for the Church's Synod of Bishops which will start on Sunday.  The Pope also spoke of the value of the gifts of the Holy Spirit which continue to be poured out on the Church and spoke of St Therese of Lisieux's deep love for the Church.
 
 

The Church's Mission Must be to Proclaim Forgiveness and Freedom

Christ brings forgiveness and freedom
 
The Catholic Church, as Pope Francis has declared on many occasions, is a Church of mission and we Catholic people are all called to carry the Good News to the ends of the earth and to share it with all people. And this mission, we are encouraged, must be without condition and without restriction.  Our mission is to share it with all people and to pray that the Holy Spirit will use our efforts to penetrate the hearts of those who hear it.

What is the meaning of the Sign of the Cross?

Through the Sign of the Cross we place ourselves under the protection of the Triune God.
At the beginning of the day, at the beginning of a prayer, but also at the beginning of important undertakings, a Christian makes the Sign of the Cross over himself and this starts his business “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.  We are surrounded on all sides by the Triune God calling upon him by name sanctifies the things we set out to do; it obtains blessings for us and strengthens us in difficulties and temptations.

We must be a faith of great joy as we anticipate the glory of heaven and unity with the Father (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 13th July 2014)

 
From Sunday’s second reading (Romans 8:18-23):
 
‘I think that what we suffer in this life can never be compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting for us.’
 
 
All neatly wrapped up in a little bundle by the ever wise and Spirit infused St Paul these words quite beautifully sum up our faith.
 
Our faith is one of great joy as we anticipate the glory and splendour of unity with the Father in Heaven.  Yes, there will be difficult times and there will inevitably be suffering.

Good has conquered the world (Dwelling on the Word of God, Monday 2nd June 2014)

From today’s Gospel (John 16:29-33):
 
‘In the world you will have trouble,
but be brave: I have conquered the world.’
 
 
Jesus, in today’s Gospel, gives us a stark reminder that we will encounter difficulties in our lives.  But he swiftly gives us the reassurance that he has conquered the world, so he wants us to be brave and not to lose hope or lose heart.  He wants us to know that, despite our difficulties, problems and fears, his death on the Cross and his Resurrection which followed has defeated evil.

Where the Church is, Jesus is (Dwelling on the Word of God, Thursday 29th May 2014)

 
From today’s Gospel (Matthew 28:16-20):
 
‘Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you.  And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’
 
 
These words of Jesus must have been a great comfort to the disciples.  Not only does he give them specific instructions to convert all people and nations to the Christian faith, he also tells them that he will be with them to the end of time.

Pope Francis says the Holy Spirit brings young and old together

 
From Pope Francis' homily on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (from news.va):
 
 
On Sunday, February 2nd, Pope Francis celebrated the 18th World Day for Consecrated Life highlighting the fact that at the centre of Consecrated Life there is always Jesus.

During his Homily at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, the Pope recalled the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple which commemorates when Jesus and Mary brought the infant Jesus to the Temple forty days after his birth.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Spreading the Good News (Monday 6th January 2013)

 
From today's Gospel (Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25):
 
'He went round the whole of Galilee teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness among the people. His fame spread throughout Syria, and those who were suffering from diseases and painful complaints of one kind or another, the possessed, epileptics, the paralysed, were all brought to him, and he cured them. Large crowds followed him, coming from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judaea and Transjordania.
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