Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 7:1-17):
‘Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by
his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the
town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son
of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the
townspeople were with her. When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her. ‘Do not
cry’ he said. Then he went up and put his hand on the bier and the bearers
stood still, and he said, ‘Young man, I tell you to get up.
Nicola Sturgeon appreciating the beauty of new life
It is wonderful to hear Scotland’s First Minister Nicola
Sturgeon announce that, from Spring 2017, all pregnant women will receive free
vitamins in order to help give their children the best possible start in life.
In addition to making vitamins freely available the Scottish
Government will also be introducing the following initiatives:
- Every newborn baby to receive a ‘baby box’ of essential
- 500 more health visitors will be recruited to improve child
health and wellbeing
It’s a terrifying thought: finding yourself being dragged
along in shallow water by a monster and being at their mercy. Okay, so perhaps it’s slightly far-fetched to
refer to Harambe the gorilla as a monster, but one thing we do know for certain
is that he is, or was, a wild animal.
Like most people I am a lover of animals, and I am not
particularly keen on many of the limited enclosures wild animals find
themselves in, be it in zoos or in those horrid environments they call
circuses. Sure, there are some zoos and
safari parks that do a good job in protecting animals, especially endangered
species, and this work is important for the wellbeing of life on our planet.
shine in the world like bright stars
are offering it the word of life.’ (Ph2:15-16)
Today’s Gospel acclamation is a beautiful
summary of our mission as Christians. At
a time when Christianity - despite being on the rise worldwide - is gradually being
eroded across the western world, this little piece of scripture is a timely
reminder of our call to evangelise.
By evangelising and spreading the Gospel, as
instructed to by Christ himself, we aren’t simply passing on a simple
historical message in order to preserve it and keep it going for as long as possible.
Children should be safe in the hands of midwives
The Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is
facing calls to resign after announcing that the organisation supported the
removal of the 24 week time limit for abortions in the UK. Cathy Marwick has caused consternation among RCM
members, many of whom have signed an online petition seeking to distance themselves from the RCM’s stance. They have also accused her of failing to
consult on the issue.
Marwick, who is the chair of the UK’s
biggest abortion provider BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service), has not surprisingly been
accused of a conflict of interest given her two roles.
In the first of our
new series of Catholic Love in the Community we pick up the story of a group of
Dominican nuns caring for the terminally ill in New York.
The New York Times has this week published a beautiful story
about a group of Dominican nuns who care for the dying at their Rosary Hill nursing
home situated in the small town of Hawthorne on the outskirts of New York City.
The home, which is essentially a hospice, was founded in
1901, ‘long before the mainstream medical community embraced hospice care and
during a time when some doctors still thought cancer was contagious.
These youngsters have taken the chastity pledge
The World Health Organisation has, in its latest report, confirmed that 25% of worldwide pregnancies ended in abortion between 2010 and
2014. The report also states that “around 22 million unsafe abortions are
estimated to take place worldwide each year, almost all in developing
While this news must be greeted with great sadness at the
millions of lives lost in an incredibly short period of time, the WHO has a
solution. It states that: “Almost every
abortion death and disability could be prevented through sexuality education,
use of effective contraception, provision of safe, legal induced abortion, and
timely care for complications.
We Catholics like to celebrate with food! This is why it is important to eat together as a family and to enjoy the delicious food gifted to us by God and prepared by the hands of our mother or father. Mealtimes should be a time of great celebration and we should make an extra special effort to celebrate Sundays and Catholic feast days. You may even want to consider celebrating important dates such as your anniversary, showing your children that your marriage is something that is important to you and that you delight in remembering that special day.
this be one of the most important words in the life of the Church today?
One thing above all else struck me in reading Pope Francis’
recent exhortationAmoris Laetitia. It is the call to accompaniment. While we are well aware of our call to love
and to be merciful towards all people, do we know how to achieve this? Think about those who live in ways or
relationships that do not entirely accord with God’s divine plan, such as
same-sex unions, cohabitation and the divorced and remarried.
The word 'compatible' comes from the Latin word 'compati' which means: 'to suffer with'.
In marriage we are called to sacrifice our entire being as well as our own desires for the good of our spouse.
We are also called to walk the path of suffering with them whenever necessary; to be a constant, loyal and faithful friend and companion through the trials and challenges of life.