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Scots Catholic Blog
|Posted on June 3, 2015 at 4:37 PM||comments ()|
The West End Corpus Christi procession has grown in recent years
This Sunday the Church celebrates the great solemnity of Corpus Christi. It is an occasion for us to celebrate the beauty and truth of the Eucharist; the real body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The solemnity is often marked by a procession led by the Blessed Sacrament and Catholics around the country are encouraged to join in. In Glasgow the West End Corpus Christi Procession has become increasingly popular in recent years with hundreds participating. This year the procession will leave from the University of Glasgow and travel to St Peter's, Partick. Events start at 11.30am with Holy Mass in the University's Turnbull Hall.
If you are unable to attend one of the larger processions please try to join in one in your local area. Your parish might even be having one so check your bulletin or ask your parish priest.
The importance of the Eucharist cannot be overstated. It is the centre of our faith. It is Jesus, truly present among us. Please try to support a Corpus Christi procession in your area this Sunday, and encourage others to do the same. Let us be witnesses to our faith and let us be witnesses to Christ crucified, Christ risen, and Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament.
Click here to find out more about the West End procession in Glasgow - http://www.rcag.org.uk/index.php/item/431-corpus-christi-procession-sunday-7-june-2015
Confessing our Sins and Keeping God’s Commandments: the Key to Perfection (Dwelling on the Word of God, Sunday 19th April 2015)
|Posted on April 17, 2015 at 4:29 AM||comments ()|
From Sunday’s First Reading (Acts 3:13-15,17-19):
‘Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.’
Peter, in the short passage from Sunday’s first reading, gives a clear and incredibly simple instruction to the people who put Christ to death. He tells them to repent of their sins and turn to God; and the result of this according to Peter? Their sins will no longer exist. It’s very simple stuff! It's also incredibly merciful when you consider what the people did to Jesus; how they ridiculed him, abused him, spat on him and beat him. Yet here is one of Jesus' most trusted friends telling them that all is forgiven, if they just say they are sorry.
But is there anything more we can add to this instruction from Peter? Let’s consider Sunday’s second reading from St John:
Sunday’s Second Reading (1 John 2:1-5):
‘I am writing this, my children,
to stop you sinning;
but if anyone should sin,
we have our advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ, who is just;
he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away,
and not only ours,
but the whole world’s.
We can be sure that we know God
only by keeping his commandments.
Anyone who says, ‘I know him’,
and does not keep his commandments,
is a liar,
refusing to admit the truth.
But when anyone does obey what he has said,
God’s love comes to perfection in him.’
Here John puts a little more meat on the bones of Peter’s instruction to repent and turn to God. He gives a similar instruction to turn to Christ if we should sin. But it is the next part which is the challenge and it is along similar lines to Jesus’ call to the woman at the well to “go and sin no more”. Here John the Evangelist tells us that we must keep God’s Commandments, and he also states that keeping God’s Commandments is the only way to ‘know God’. But what does it mean to ‘know God’? The clue is in the last sentence of the passage. God’s love will come to perfection in us if we keep His Commandments; that is, the perfect love of God will shine through us and out of us to the world if we do as He says. We will become beacons of love, mercy, peace and hope for all.
This is in keeping with the recent Papal Bull of Indiction where Pope Francis revealed a jubilee Year of Mercy from 8 December 2015 (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception). Our call is to go out to the world and to show mercy to everyone. No exceptions. But in order to be a merciful people we first need to receive God’s mercy and we must keep His Commandments. Only if our own house is in order will we be in a fit and proper state to administer to others. Think of a doctor or a lawyer. Professionals in these fields need to satisfy annual training requirements and receive an annual certificate authenticating their ability to practice. If they don’t fulfil these requirements they are not considered to be fit and proper persons with respect to their work and they cannot diagnose patients’ ills or advise clients on legal problems. They are essentially deemed unfit and incapable of carrying out their job.
And so it is with God. Unless we first seek His forgiveness for our own wrongdoings and thereafter keep His Commandments, we are deemed unfit to administer to those around us. Only God gives us true love, true mercy, true peace and true hope. And if we want to care for those around us and give them a real and proper love, unconditional mercy, perfect peace and a sure and certain hope, we must seek God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because it is in that Sacrament where we will find all of these things and much more besides. And it is this Sacrament which gives us the graces we need to go forth into the world with God’s Commandments firmly in heart and mind, to bring God’s perfect love, mercy, peace and hope to all people. No exceptions.
|Posted on March 19, 2015 at 10:44 AM||comments ()|
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?
|Posted on December 9, 2014 at 7:02 AM||comments ()|
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.
Click this link to read Tim’s article: http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/hail-mary-conceived-without-sin
|Posted on May 29, 2014 at 9:19 AM||comments ()|
The brilliant Father Robert Barron considers why the solemnity of the Ascension is so important.
Click here to hear Father Barron: http://www.wordonfire.org/WOF-TV/Commentaries-New/Fr-Barron-comments-on-Why-the-Ascension-of-the.aspx
|Posted on May 29, 2014 at 6:50 AM||comments ()|
From today’s Gospel (Matthew 28:16-20):
‘Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’
These words of Jesus must have been a great comfort to the disciples. Not only does he give them specific instructions to convert all people and nations to the Christian faith, he also tells them that he will be with them to the end of time.
Think of the disciples not only as a group of individual men, but as a body. Together, they are a body. Together, they are the Church! And in this short passage, Jesus tells us that he will be with the Church until the end of time.
Through trials and tribulations, and through dark times, we must always remember that Jesus is with us, he is with his Church and he will never abandon it. On this day of the Ascension, a Holy Day of obligation where all Catholic people must attend Holy Mass, take some time to ponder these words of Jesus. And if you aren’t sure about whether or not you are really going to go to Mass today remember that where the Church is, Jesus is.