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Pro-Life Rosary and Torchlight Procession Glasgow - Thursday 24th October 2013

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 7:56 AM Comments comments (5)
 
‎'Defend the unborn against abortion even if they persecute you, calumniate you, set traps for you, take you to court or kill you. No child should be deprived of the right to be born, the right to be fed, the right to go to school.'
 
These were the powerful words of Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 2005.  Now Pope Francis, these words take on even greater significance. 
 
We MUST stand up for the rights of the unborn; for those who are defenceless, innocent, and have nobody to speak up for them.  And this, says the Pope, must be done even if it costs us our lives! 
Are you prepared to give up your life so that innocent children may live?  It's quite a challenge.  But one we must consider and pray about. 
 
In Glasgow we are truly blessed to have an active pro-life movement.  I have mentioned before about the Sisters of the Gospel of Life in Glasgow's southside and I have recently spoken of the great work undertaken at St Lucy's, Cumbernauld with their regular Monday gathering to pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
 
 
An important part of this vital work is the annual Rosary and torchlight procession from George Square to St Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow.  This is quite simply one of the most incredible and moving nights of the year and it takes place to mark the implementation of the Abortion Act in 1967.  It is hoped that, with fervent prayer, devotion and witness, we can bring about change and ultimately bring an end to abortion in our country. 
 
The event will take place on Thursday 24th October and the timetable is as follows:
 
6pm                  Assemble in George Square, Glasgow
6.30 – 7pm       Rosary followed by torchlight procession to Cathedral
7.30pm            Mass
 
The Sisters have once again pleaded for a good turnout to improve upon the fantastic numbers witnessed in recent years.  They said, "We need to make sure that as many people as possible support this witness against a piece of legislation that permits the killing of unborn babies. Please spread this information to friends and your parishes and make every effort to stand up for life!"
 
This is our chance.  Prayer is what will ultimately bring peace to our world.  If we don't take these opportunities when they are so clearly presented to us on our doorstep then we will let ourselves down, we will let our neighbours down, and worst of all, we will let God down.
 
Be part of the growing pro-life movement in Scotland.  Be part of the community that says 'yes' to life, and 'no' to death.
 
It's on your doorstep, there is no excuse.
 

Pope Francis to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary - Join in our Novena!

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 11:49 AM Comments comments (3)
 
On Sunday 13th October, the date of the last apparition of Our Lady in Fatima in 1917, Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
 
For those who aren't sure what this means, it means all who join in the consecration, either in person or through prayer, will put their complete trust in Mary, our Mother and will let her lead them in all things.  By this act of consecration we give our lives to Mary, she is our refuge and we allow her to guide our lives.  The Pope is inviting the whole world to join and will ask Our Lady to guide the entire world.  It is an opportunity we cannot miss and we should be encouraging EVERYONE to take part.
 
To prepare yourself for this joyous occasion why not join in the Novena led by www.praymorenovenas.com
The novena starts this Friday 4th October and is a beautiful way to start preparing for the big day!  If you sign up, you will start to receive the novena prayers to your email inbox so that you can say them at a time suitable to you! 
 
Also, when you sign up you will start to receive notifications and prayers for all novenas taking place throughout the year! 
 
Let us all join together in praying the novena and preparing ourselves for the world to be consecrated to our Mother's Immaculate Heart.  It is not something we can afford to miss.  Would you say no to your Mother?
 
 
For more details on the official consecration in Rome read this in-depth article at the Catholic Herald.

POPE FRANCIS GENERAL AUDIENCE – 19th JUNE 2013 – A POPE OF UNITY WITH A DISDAIN FOR GOSSIP

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 7:17 AM Comments comments (1)
 
IN SUMMARY:
 
The Pope, in his general audience on Wednesday morning before a packed St Peter’s Square, told the gathered that the Church is a living body and that the body has a head which is Jesus who guides, supports and nourishes it.  He encouraged people to overcome personal interests and divisions in order to understand each other better.  He said that divisions are often caused by conflicts and this is not good because it separates us from each other and separates us from God.  We must overcome these to love God and the people close to us more.
 
The Pope spoke again about the damage done by gossiping.  This is a repeat of previous talks and homilies and is clearly a point the Holy Father wants us to take on board.  Today he said “never gossip about others, never!”
 
The Pope then encouraged us all to pray for Christian unity.
 
 
DETAILED REPORT:
 
Pope Francis, in his 19 June general audience told the many thousands gathered that the Church was a living body that had Jesus as its head and that it is Jesus who guides, feeds and supports it.  He lamented the divisions within Christianity which he says “wounds this Body” and suggested “the Body must be united to survive”.
 
He talked about St Paul’s conversion and how St Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, developed the idea that the image of the body helps us to understand the deep Christ-Church bond.  The Pope said, “First, the body brings our attention to living reality.  The Church is not a charitable, cultural or political association, but a living body that lives and acts in history.  And this body has a head, Jesus, who guides, feeds and supports it.  This is a point I want to emphasise: if the head is separated from the rest of the body, the whole person cannot survive.  So it is in the Church, we must remain bound ever more deeply to Jesus.  But not only that: just as the body needs the lifeblood to keep it alive, so we must allow Jesus to work in us, that His Word guide us, that His presence in the Eucharist nourish us, animate us, that His love gives strength to our love of neighbour.”
 
The Pope continued, “Dear brothers and sisters, let us remain united to Jesus, let us trust in Him, direct our life according to His Gospel, nourish ourselves with daily prayer, listening to the Word of God, participation in the Sacraments.”
 
The Pope then turned back to St Paul, saying “St Paul says that as members of the human body, although different and many, we form one body, as we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body.  In the Church, therefore, there is a variety, a diversity of tasks and functions, there is no dull uniformity, but the richness of the gifts that the Holy Spirit distributes.  But there is communion and unity: we are all in a relation to each other and we all come together to form one living body, deeply connected to Christ….it means remaining united to the Pope and the Bishops who are instruments of unity and communion, and also means overcoming personal interests and divisions, in order to understand each other better, to harmonise the variety and richness of each member; in a word, to love God and the people who are next to us more, in the family, in the parish, in the associations.”
 
The Pope then spoke about times when parts of the body separate: “Conflicts, when they don’t end well, separate us from each other, they separate us from God.  Conflict can help us to grow but can also divide us.  We must not travel the path of division, of conflict among us, no we must all be united – with our differences – united because that is the path of Jesus!  Unity is beyond all conflict.  Unity is a grace that we must ask of the Lord so he may save us from the temptations of the division, from internal struggles and selfishness, from gossip.  How much damage gossip does!  How much damage!  Never gossip about others, never!”
 
The Pope then referred to specific divisions among Christians: “Divisions among us, but also divisions among the communities: evangelical Christians, orthodox Christians, Catholic Christians, but why divided?  We must try to bring about unity.  Let me tell you something, today, before leaving home, I spent 40 minutes more or less, half an hour, with an evangelical pastor.  And we prayed together seeking unity.  But we Catholic must pray with each other and other Christians.  Pray that the Lord gifts us unity!  Unity among ourselves!” 
The Pope then suggested that Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit “to build unity”.