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Hail Mary, Conceived Without Sin

 
Catholic Answers Director of Apologetics and Evangelisation Tim Staples takes a fascinating look at the beautiful teaching that Mary was conceived without sin and considers the various links between the Old and New Testament with respect to our Blessed Mother.
 
 
 

Pope expresses deep concern at growing relativism in marriage and the ‘throw-away’ culture

 
Pope Francis said the institution of Christian marriage has never been attacked so much as nowadays where a temporary or throw-away culture has become widespread. He said marriage should not be seen just a social rite and urged priests to stay close to couples and especially children experiencing the trauma of a family break-up. The Pope was replying to questions put to him on a range of topics during an audience with more than 7000 pilgrims belonging to the Schoenstatt movement, an international Marian and apostolic organization that is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding in Germany.

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.

Synod emphasises the need to 'drop the stone' when it comes to sinners (Dwelling on the Word of God, Friday 17th October 2014)

 
Consider this Gospel passage (John 8:1-11):
 
And Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.  At daybreak he appeared in the Temple again; and as all the people came to him, he sat down and began to teach them.  The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery; and making her stand there in the middle they said to Jesus, 'Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, and in the Law Moses has ordered us to stone women of this kind.

October is the month of the Holy Rosary; is it time for you take the hand of your mother?

 
While we should always strive to say the Rosary as often as we can (daily if possible) it is not always so easy to do.  Thankfully the Church gives us the month of October to get our act together!
 
The month of October is the month of the Holy Rosary and must be seen as an opportunity to develop our knowledge of this most precious devotion and to develop our relationship with Jesus, our Saviour, and Mary, our mother.  Personally, I cannot overstate the graces received as a result of saying the Rosary.

Pope Francis: The Church is our Mother, we are not orphans

 
Pope Francis, in his Wednesday General Audience, has spoken about the importance of the Church as mother and the need for the Church to look to the ultimate role model, Mary, in carrying out that role.
 
 
 

Five Reasons the Catholic Church is the Most Pro-Woman Institution in Existence


Don't believe the secular hype suggesting the Catholic Church is anti-woman.  Read this article from the National Catholic Register and find out the truth about women and the Catholic Church.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Listen and Follow (Tuesday 13th May 2014)

Sheep following the Good Shepherd in Fatima today
 
From today’s Gospel (John 10:22-30):
 
‘The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice;
I know them and they follow me.
I give them eternal life;’
 
 
In today’s Gospel Jesus is once again emphasising the great gift he has given us: the gift of himself so that we may have eternal life.  Jesus was crucified, died and rose again to save us from sin and to show us that he really is the Son of God.  Those who listen to him and believe in him are truly blessed.

Dwelling on the Word of God: are we prepared to say ‘yes’ to God as Mary did? (Tuesday 25th March 2014)

 
Today’s Gospel (Luke 1:26-38):
 
‘The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus.

Dwelling on the Word of God: St Joseph – A Role Model for Dads (Wednesday 19th March 2014)

 
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 1:16,18-21,24):
 
‘Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.
  This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.
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