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  • Jesus of Nazareth

    November is the saddest month. The warmth of the year has gone, the leaves have fallen, the days are short and we wait for December and the promise of new life and hope in the birth of Jesus.

    Our prayers for the Holy Souls, our departed loved ones, have guided our prayer in recent weeks. It is good for the Church to dedicate a month of prayer for those we loved and lost and ...

  • Fifty Percent!

    It was fascinating to follow the Mid-term Election Campaign in the USA. How convincing each good speaker seemed, how justifiable their arguments, and the President seemed to win applause wherever he went and for whatever he said.

    The polls were correct in what they forecast, so we already “knew” the result of the election if we believed the polls. Those pollsters are experts: from a small cleverly selected proportion of many people they ...

  • World Mission Sunday 2018

    Image of Earth from spaceWorld Population
    To 31 December 2016, the world population was 7,352,289,000 with an increase of 103,348,000 people compared with the previous year. Population growth was registered on every continent, including Europe: increases were registered above all in Asia (+ 49,767,000) and Africa (+ 42,898,000), followed by America (+8,519,000), Europe (+1,307,000), Oceania (+857,000). CatholicsOn the same date Catholicsin the world numbered 1,299,059,000 with an overall increase of 14,249,000. The increase ...

  • Praying Daily

    The Gospel gives glimpses of Jesus’ daily pattern when he was on missionary journeys around the Holy Land. He began each day at prayer with his Father and ended the day in the same way.

    Beautifully simple. “Today, Father, I shall take your love to the people in what I say and do . . . Thank you, Father, for the day drawing to its close. I have spoken and acted in your ...

  • Pope Francis – Visit To Ireland

    We pray with the people of Ireland. So much good might come from Pope Francis’ visit – but much harm if he does not hear the anger of hurts caused and justice to be done. He cannot smile or wave away pleasantly all that still needs to be healed in Ireland and throughout the Catholic world. There must be full recognition of the hidden misery and evil our Church authorities wanted to keep hidden.

    We pray for all who have left ...

  • Christ’s Sufferings – Catholic Church Child Sex Abuse

    Thank you for your comments on the homily of last week and your expressions of sympathy for the many thousands of children abused over the years and the terrible hurts they have carried into their adult lives.

    Our professor of Church history advised us we have to know the worst because those who detest the Church do and we have to be ready to acknowledge the truth they know before we try to ...

  • Roman Persecutions of Christians

    On 7th August at Mass, we remembered Pope Sixtus II and his companions who were martyred whilst celebrating Mass during the persecution of the Emperor Valerian, AD 258. On the 10th we remembered Lawrence, martyred a few days later – his is one of the famous deaths, roasted over a fire.

    Sad to recall those Roman persecutions but also an invitation to move from imagination to reality. There were four main persecutions – Nero, ...

  • Death Penalty

    What a shock on Thursday to learn from the BBC that the Catholic Church has changed its teaching on the death penalty.

    In Paragraph 2266 of the Catechism we read that the death penalty is justified in very serious cases. The Catechism was published in 1994. Thirty-five years later, on such an important issue, the Church has changed its teaching.

    Will you accept the change or do you still believe that in extreme circumstances the ...

  • Your Conscience

    Around the world are men and women willing to obey the orders of their governments or states to launch nuclear missiles.

    At the last count I know one missile per day could be exploded for 96 years – imagine the horror locked up in that number. Those who would launch them know that millions of innocent helpless people would be killed or maimed, but still they are willing to do it. Would you obey ...

  • Learning And Wisdom

    I have just re-read 1 out of 10*, a fascinating book about politics and education. Do borrow it (public library) or buy it (bookshop or online) and you will enjoy it.

    The author is Peter Hyman, a journalist who found a place in Tony Blair’s No.10 Downing Street, as part of the advisory group, as a speechwriter, and part of the New Labour under Tony Blair and Gordon Browne that proved, ...

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