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Learning the Catholic Faith: Handing on the Catholic Faith - our Duty to Evangelise

 
Why do we hand on the faith?
 
We hand on the faith because Jesus commands us: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19).
 
No genuine Christian leaves the transmission of the faith exclusively to specialists (teachers, pastors, missionaries).  We are Christ for others.  This means that every genuine Christian would like God to come to other people, too.  He says to himself, “’The Lord needs me!  I have been baptised and confirmed and am responsible for helping the people around me to learn about God and to come to the knowledge of the truth’ (1 Tim 2:4b).

Dwelling on the Word of God: No Excuses for Failing to Find God (Friday 15th November 2013)

 
From today’s reading (Wisdom 13:1-9):
 
‘Even so, they are not to be excused:
if they are capable of acquiring enough knowledge
to be able to investigate the world,
how have they been so slow to find its Master?’
 
 
Today’s reading is a beautiful one, contemplating the power and majesty of God the Creator. 
Yet in this final passage from the reading there is a stark warning for those who haven’t yet found Him.  We are warned that there is no excuse for those who investigate the ways of the world and who fail to recognise God.

Nightfever Glasgow is back! This event will change your life!

 
Health Warning: this event will be detrimental to the health of those who are convinced the Catholic Church is either dead or in terminal decline in Scotland!
 
 
This Saturday sees the return of Nightfever to the city of Glasgow.
 
If you haven't yet experienced this uplifting event then you must take a little time out of your Saturday night to pop into St Aloysius Church on Rose Street (just off Sauchiehall Street ). (Click here for a map)
 
The Church will be plunged into darkness except for the runway of candles the length of the centre aisle leading all the way up to the altar where the main attraction, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, waits for his children to approach.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Prayer (Monday 28th October 2013)

Even Jesus has to pray
 
Taken from today’s Gospel (Luke 6:12-16):
 
Jesus went into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God.
 
 
Prayer.  It’s an interesting thought isn’t it?  How often do we actually pray?  How do we pray?  Where do we pray? 
 
There are a lot of materials out there giving us different methods of prayer and putting forward suggestions on how we should pray.  Jesus himself gave us the ‘Our Father’ as a means of prayer to God.

Glasgow Shines Brightly as the Pro-Life Movement Takes Centre Stage

Our Lady's statue is carried through Glasgow
 
Last night the centre of Glasgow witnessed the joy and splendour of life, wrapped up in a beautiful Rosary, dignified procession, and passionate celebration of the Mass.
 
It was pro-life night and the people of Glasgow took to the streets to spread the Good News of life.  Around 300 people were present in George Square and it was evident that numbers were slightly up on last year which was encouraging. 
 
The Rosary, led by Father John Keenan of the University of Glasgow and St Patrick’s, Anderston, was a beautiful show of devotion and honour to Our Blessed Mother whose statue, held ably aloft by two young volunteers, looked lovingly over the crowd as it prayed.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Lambs among Wolves (Friday 18th October 2013)

 
From today's Gospel (Luke 10:1-9)
 
‘I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.’ 
 
 
This is a very well known passage from St Luke’s Gospel and it is often used in everyday conversation. 
 
However, let’s go back to its original meaning.  When Jesus appointed the seventy-two and told them to go out ahead of him to the harvest, he was sure to warn them what it was going to be like.  Evangelisation is no easy task!  Spreading the Good News is no easy task!

Dwelling on the Word of God: Christians must be witnesses to the Truth (Wednesday 16th October 2013)

Taken from St Paul's Letter to the Romans (Romans 2:1-11)
 
'Your stubborn refusal to repent is only adding to the anger God will have towards you on that day of anger when his just judgements will be made known. He will repay each one as his works deserve.  For those who sought renown and honour and immortality by always doing good there will be eternal life; for the unsubmissive who refused to take truth for their guide and took depravity instead, there will be anger and fury.

Learning the Catholic Faith: Is Suffering Necessary for Salvation?

 
Suffering.  It’s a nasty thought.  Nobody wants to suffer, whichever form that suffering may take.
 
But do we have to suffer?  And do we have to embrace our suffering?  Today’s world suggests suffering is a bad thing and is to be avoided at all costs.  Nobody should have to suffer; we should be free from any suffering. 
 
The Christian view is, as we will discover, quite different.  Let us first consider this text from St Peter:
 
‘My dear people, you must not think it unaccountable that you should be tested by fire.

Father David and the Inveraray Congregation

Inverarary
 
We have to express sincere gratitude to Father David and the congregation for the beautiful Mass celebrated in All Saints Church, Inverarary at 12.30pm on Sunday.
 
Father David, Parish Priest of St Margaret's, Lochgilphead, travels to Inverarary each Sunday to celebrate Mass with the faithful there and it really is a beautiful community and the Catholic congregation appears to be thriving as there weren't enough seats for everyone!
May God bless them in their service to God and may He sustain them through their Ministry.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Desiring a Sign (Monday 14th October 2013)

 
From today’s Gospel (Luke 11:29-32)
 
‘The crowds got even bigger and Jesus addressed them, ‘This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah.’’
 
 
Why is our generation so desperate for a sign?  You see, our generation is no different from the one Jesus refers to in this Gospel passage.  Why is it that something which directly touches our senses will bring us closer to having complete faith in God? 
 
True, a positive sign of God’s existence would help our faith.
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