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Call to promote alternative to abortion as pro-life movement takes to the streets of Glasgow

Hundreds braved the cold to stand up for life
 
Glasgow once again bore witness to the pro-life movement as the annual pro-life torchlight procession took to its streets on Thursday night. 
 
At least 300 people attended this year’s event which is slightly more than last year and must be seen as a positive step in the right direction.  Perhaps the most pleasing thing about the event was the number of young people in attendance.  I have suggested before that there is an undercurrent of Catholic and pro-life youth steadily growing in Scotland, and this was very much in evidence at this event.

Scotland’s Pro-Life Challenge! We need your support!

Thursday 23 October sees the return of the annual pro-life Rosary, procession and Mass in Glasgow.  This annual event organised by LIFE and assisted by the Knights of St Columba is one of the most beautiful witnesses to the sanctity and value of human life.
 
The event marks the passing of the Abortion Act 1967 and seeks to raise awareness of the millions of lives lost since that date.  It also seeks to raise awareness of the ongoing threat of abortion to innocent children and the threat it poses to the mother, father, other family members and wider society.

Christianity is not a bland exercise in being nice

Father Dwight Longenecker, in this interesting article on Christianity, considers the words of St Paul when he prays that one day we will all 'be filled with all the fullness of God.'
 
Father Longenecker attacks the idea that we can do things without the help of God; that we can make ourselves better on our own.  He says: 'Foolishness is worldly wisdom.  It is thinking that I can do things without God and make myself better on my own.' 
He then warns that 'Christians of all sorts - and Catholics especially - have turned Christianity into a bland exercise in trying to be nice people.

Our Lady of Consolation, Govanhill to Close its Doors

Our Lady of Consolation Church (part of the parish of Holy Cross) in Glasgow will be closing its doors next Monday.  The Church will be closing after serving the local community since 1966 (when the building – then a cinema – was bought for £8000).  The church has also served as the Archdiocese youth pastoral centre for many years.
 
There will be a celebratory Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday 8 September at 7.30pm.  It will no doubt be a sad occasion as well as one of celebration.

Encouraging Reverence in the Presence of Christ

This article from Integrated Catholic Life considers the need to show reverence in the presence of the 'King of Kings'! 
 
 
 

Common Difficulties with Faith Part 2 - The Duration of the Mass

 
Part 2 of our 'Common Difficulties with Faith' series looks at the age old complaint that the Mass is too long.
 
Part 2 - The Duration of the Mass
 
The duration of the Mass is often a topic of discussion in Catholic circles, particularly where Holy Communions and Baptisms are concerned.  It is a common complaint among many and the majority of us may well have complained about it at one time or another.
 
Yet, think of it this way: if you heard that Pope Francis was visiting your parish this weekend would you not happily spend a few hours patiently waiting for an opportunity to get close to him?

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.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Supporting your Parish Priest (Thursday 15th May 2014)

Hearing Confession is just one of a priest's many duties
 
From today’s Gospel (John 13:16-20):
 
‘I tell you most solemnly,
whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me,
and whenever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.’
 
 
In this Gospel passage we can clearly see Jesus referring to his disciples. 
 
Yet, fast forward two thousand years to today and Jesus would be talking about our priests and bishops.  So let us ask ourselves this question….how do I treat my parish priest?

Dwelling on the Word of God: Testing Jesus (Monday 17th February 2014)

Jesus has already given his whole self on the Cross
 
Today's Gospel (Mark 8:1-13):
 
'The Pharisees came up and started a discussion with Jesus; they demanded of him a sign from heaven, to test him. And with a sigh that came straight from the heart he said, ‘Why does this generation demand a sign? I tell you solemnly, no sign shall be given to this generation.’ And leaving them again and re-embarking, he went away to the opposite shore.'
 
 
The Pharisees were always trying to test Jesus; always trying to force him into a corner to perform tricks for them.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Jesus is waiting for you (Tuesday 28th January 2014)

Jesus is present in the tabernacle
 
Today's Gospel (Mark 3:31-35):
 
'The mother and brothers of Jesus arrived and, standing outside, sent in a message asking for him. A crowd was sitting round him at the time the message was passed to him, ‘Your mother and brothers and sisters are outside asking for you.’ He replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking round at those sitting in a circle about him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who does the will of God, that person is my brother and sister and mother.
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