During Wednesday’s General Audience Pope Francis reminded
the gathered that Friday 13 May is the memorial of Our Lady of
Fatima, stressing the importance of paying heed to Mary’s words not to offend
God any more than we already have and to focus our hearts and minds on
abandoning ourselves to God’s love and mercy.
The pope said: “In this apparition, Mary invites us once
again to prayer, penitence and conversion. She asks us to offend God no more….She
warns all humanity of the need to abandon itself to God, the wellspring of love
This, brothers and sisters, is our faith.
These images from Fatima show the world what it means to be Catholic. Why not share them with others and show them the deep sense of unity and love that exists in the Church; a Church that is open to all.
And as the month of Mary approaches, why not consider joining in the First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? You can find out more by clicking here
From today’s Gospel:
‘Simon Peter said, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus
replied, ‘Where I am going you cannot follow me now; you will follow me later.’
Peter said to him, ‘Why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for
you.’ ‘Lay down your life for me?’ answered Jesus. ‘I tell you most solemnly,
before the cock crows you will have disowned me three times.’’
This small passage from today’s Gospel follows on nicely
from our reflection on yesterday’s Gospel when we compared the simple love Mary
had for Jesus in needing to be close to him with Martha’s need to be on the go.
The petition will be debated in Holyrood
Scottish MSPs will today discuss a petition calling on the
government to make incest legal between consenting adults over the age of
The petition, by Richard Morris, claims that the existing
law is “inappropriate, unfair, ineffective and discriminatory” and suggests
that public “prejudice and bigotry” about incest was caused by ignorance. He has also apparently likened the issue to
historical treatment of homosexuals.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is clear on the matter
of incest and states the following:
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".
Catholic Answers' director of apologetics Tim Staples considers the question of women priests in the Catholic Church and reveals seven reasons why this is not possible.
The seven reasons are:
1. The Church has definitively declared it
2. The Church's constant Tradition for 2,000 years cannot err
3. The attitude of Christ
4. The practice of the Apostles
5. The permanent value of the attitude of Jesus Christ and the Apostles
6. The ministerial priesthood in the light of the mystery of Christ
As we celebrate the Solemnity of St Joseph Scots Catholic is kickstarting a year of prayer for Catholic fathers.
Our aim is to discover what it truly means to be a Catholic father and the role we play in the lives of our families and wider society.
And what better day to kick things off than the solemnity of St Joseph, step-father to Jesus Christ?
Midnight Mass Gospel (Luke 2:1-14):
'Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census of the whole world to be taken. This census – the first – took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to his own town to be registered. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee and travelled up to Judaea, to the town of David called Bethlehem, since he was of David’s House and line, in order to be registered together with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to a son, her first born.
This Sunday's Gospel Acclamation:
'I am the handmaid of the Lord:
let what you have said be done to me.'
Mary's yes, orfiatas it is commonly referred to, is the ultimate act of faith in God's divine plan. It is a simple and humble acceptance of the Father's will over and above Mary's own dreams and aspirations.
Mary'sfiat is the complete sacrifice of the self in favour of the interests of another. It is, in that sense, very much like marriage.