Let Prayer be your Refuge this Christmas.

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For all you Americans… This is a Christmas pudding. We Brits like to pour brandy all over it and set it on fire when we bring it to the table. It’s awesome! (you wouldn’t understand ūüėČ )

Depending on your situation, Christmas can be completely overwhelming in different ways.

As a mother of 3 young kids it can get pretty hectic. In years passed I have literally been exhausted to the point of tears – which was a stupid position to let myself get into. It would take one wrong look from my husband and we would end up having a blazing row. I’ll never forget the time about 7 or 8 years ago he ended up calling me a b**ch at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve! I refused to open my presents for 3 DAYS!!! Lol! Thank God those days are over! We survived it, and came through, and the marriage carried on. Anyway it couldn’t have been that bad because I fell pregnant 4 weeks later with our 2nd!

Now we do less, have less, expect less, and Christmas tends to be a much happier time for everyone.

All I’m saying is that Christmas tends to amplify everything – including marriage issues. So just be aware of this and try to give each other a break. Don’t allow Satan to use this time to steal your joy, or use you to steal others joy.

Louis and Zelie Martin pray for us.

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This is a Yule Log. It is totally pagan but it has chocolate and cream so I allow it in our house!

And what about relatives? Find them difficult?! Yes. Everyone does. And the worst thing about it is that your job as a Christian is to try to share the Good news of our savior’s birth with a bunch of lousy atheists who insist on staying in your house, eating your food and telling your children that Christmas is all about the birth of Santa!

I guess the only thing I can say here is to pray to God for patience and charity! Remember that God made them, and wants them to come into a relationship with Him, and He may well be using you as the link to accomplish that. Try to understand that you have no idea what the Holy Spirit might doing within them right now, and that your prayers for them all this year will sure to be making a difference – you have been praying for them all year, right? Now is a good time to start ūüėČ

But what if you don’t have a family? or you can’t be with your family? The other thing that people often find overwhelming at Christmas is loneliness.

Having never been alone at Christmas I can’t really comment on this other to say that I do know what it is to be in a room full of people, and be the loneliest person on the earth. Loneliness doesn’t just strike those who are physically alone. It can strike anyone at anytime of their lives, in any given situation.

What I used to detest here is when I used to pretend. On the outside everything was just fine and dandy, but on the inside I would be lost in the dark, drowning in a sea of lonliness. Those dark days are thankfully over, and it is only now when I look back that I see that that loneliness was from God. He was allowing me to enter deeply into the emptiness  of a society without Him, to see that what was being offered to me by the world would never, ever satisfy me. He was teaching me that I needed Him more than I needed air. Through the agony of my secret silent internal isolation He was preparing me for a relationship with Him.

That loneliness, that longing, was soon to start dissolving with that peace that only He can give. The peace of knowing where you belong, of being truly loved and valued. It is the same peace of a sleeping babe in the arms of its mother.

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This is a pantomime dame. It is the only time of year when parents pay to let their children be entertained by a old man in a dress pretending to be a woman (unless you subscribe to SKY TV and watch “I am Cait” – which I know none of you do of course. Apparently it’s hilarious (the pantomime I mean).

What ever you situation this year let prayer be your refuge. Allow God to use your situation to draw you deeper into relationship with Him. An hours meditation on Luke’s Gospel, 5 mins when you get the luxury of escaping the kids to go to the bathroom! Or just a simple glance up to God – a surge of your heart towards your infinitely powerful creator who comes to you today as a tiny helpless baby born to a teenage girl in a stable.

Mary has known chaos at Christmas entering Bethlehem on a flipping donkey for goodness sake!!! She has know longing and loneliness. She had a complicated marriage situation! Her husband was not the father of her Child. She had relatives some of whom no doubt did not understand her faith. But she also had Jesus.

As she held Him for the first time, as she look into the face of God, and kissed that little sweet face, everything else must have just melted away leaving her with the awe and wonder and glory of a newborn baby, and above all, Love.

I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful Christmas this year. Know that I will be remembering you all in my prayers – especially all you priests, giving everything and working so hard! Try not to get overwhelmed, and I look forward to hearing how Christ has made Himself known to you all this Christmas 2015. xx

Would you die to protect Western values? I wouldn’t.

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I keep wondering when Facebook is going to offer the Russian, Egyptian,¬†Lebanon and Iraqi and Kenyan flags as overlays for people’s profile pictures along with the French flag.¬†All these other countries have also been recent victims of ISIS terrorist attacks, some with much higher death tolls. Why is it that Facebook – a universal social media platform – would only offer the French one?

Are the French more worthy of our grief than the rest of the world? Are they more human?

I remember in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks almost every political leader in the known universe turned up to have a march and stand defiant against the ISIS thugs. I don’t remember that happening after the 7/7 bombings in London or any other terrorist attack for that matter? What was it about the staff at Charlie Hebdo that warranted such a massive reaction from political leaders, and such an atmosphere of bonding together in defiance and grief?

From left : European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Union President Donald Tusk, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, and other heads of state take part in a Unity rally "Marche Republicaine" on January 11, 2015 in Paris in tribute to the 17 victims of the three-day killing spree. The killings began on January 7 with an assault on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris that saw two brothers massacre 12 people including some of the country's best-known cartoonists and the storming of a Kosher supermarket on the eastern fringes of the capital which killed 4 local residents. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

In all honesty I would be mighty surprised if you, me or any of the political leaders even knew the names of the Charlie Hebdo staff, or anyone killed or injured in last weeks Paris attacks. What we are grieving isn’t the people lost in the attacks, but our society as a whole.

When attacks happen in Africa of the Middle East then they are sufficiently far enough away not to flag up on our comfort radars. Attacks in these countries are sometimes not even newsworthy we are so used to them. But people have still died. Are they any less human than the people who died in France? I don’t see any “Je Suis Egypt” signs.

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We are grieving our comfort, our freedom, our own safety and that of our loved ones because the war has finally been brought to our doorstep – in our modern western society – where we can no longer ignore it or pretend it doesn’t exist. Our pride is hurt because many of these young men who blew themselves up were born, raised and educated here, and yet still – they reject and want to destroy our tolerant, equal and diverse society that we have worked so hard to forge. They believed in their cause so completely that they were willing to die for it. And that sort of commitment and sacrifice scares the crap out of us.

I do not agree with ISIS vision of a pure Islamic state. I do not like the idea of becoming a second class citizen because I am a woman. I don’t want to have to convert to Islam or otherwise be killed. I don’t want to be forced to wear the Hijab. I like eating bacon and drinking beer. I do not like the idea of male or female genital mutilation. I do not want Sharia Law. I don’t like the idea of being gang raped and then accused of adultery. I do not like the idea of beheading ‘infidels’.

I am willing to die fighting against ISIS in as much as they are willing to die fighting me. But what is it exactly that I am trying to defend?

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Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner named “Woman of the year”.

Can I really say that I am willing to give my life defending a society that has just legalised Gay marriage? Would I be willing to die for a society that advocates the murder of millions of unborn children – especially if they are disabled? What about a society that allows a small cake business to be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars because they refuse to make a cake for someone because it conflicts with their Christian beliefs? I’ve already lost my own cake business to this society for the very same reason – would I also be willing to lose my life to defend it?

The answer to all of the above questions is no.

You see, there is a second enemy, a silent and sneaky enemy who also desires to completely destroy our society – but this time from within. It has a name. It is called Cultural Marxism.

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Cultural Marxism is the main ideological driver behind political correctness. It is the destructive criticism and undermining of all institutions of western civilisation and the traditional values underpinning it.

Brace yourselves for a short history lesson:

Ever since communism was first established in Russia, its admirers, fellow-travellers and ‘useful idiots’ have devoted their lives to achieving socialist control on a global scale. Countries within military striking distance of Russia were physically taken over after World War II, and those further afield subjected to a massive process of subversion by the Agitation and Propaganda Department of the Communist International (Comintern).

The Marxist revolutionaries realised that the workers of the advanced capitalist West were too affluent and comfortable to be used as agents of change in their longed-for revolution, so they decided to import foreign-born revolutionary pawns whilst simultaneously joining the lower rungs of all the important state institutions from where they could begin their long march toward destroying our countries from within.

One of the greatest achievements of this societal destruction is the fact that westerners are contracepting and aborting themselves out of existence.

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The societal destruction we see all around us is not an unfortunate and unplanned side effect of socialist politics, because the destruction is all too deliberate. Karl Marx wrote of the anarchy necessary as a precursor to outright revolution, in which he would ‚Äústand astride the wreckage a colossus‚ÄĚ.

Hungarian Georg Lukacs, an agent of the Comintern, whose reputation in the revolutionary world was on a par with that of Marx himself, said:

“I saw the revolutionary destruction of society as the one and only solution. A worldwide overturning of values cannot take place without the annihilation of the old values and the creation of new ones by the revolutionaries.” –¬†Georg Lukacs

In 1923 Lukacs set up the Institution for Marxism at Frankfurt University, later renamed the Institute for Social Research which finally became known simply as the Frankfurt School. In 1930 Lukacs was joined by two other Marxists, Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno (below), but the rise of Hitler made it impossible for such Jewish Marxists to stay in Germany, so they decamped to New York City, where they set up an American version of the Frankfurt School, which became the birthplace of Critical Theory.

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Critical Theory is characterised by the destructive criticism of Western culture, including Christianity, capitalism, authority, the family, patriarchy, morality, tradition, sexual restraint, loyalty, patriotism, nationalism, heredity, ethnocentrism and conservatism. Critical Theory repeats the basic tenets of Western evil over and over again ‚Äď racism, sexism, colonialism, nationalism, homophobia, fascism, xenophobia and imperialism.

In the 1950s the Frankfurt School attracted a new recruit, Herbert Marcuse, a communist who had also been forced to flee Hitler’s Germany. Marcuse wrote a book called Eros and Civilisation, which promoted free love and the pleasure principle, and was to transform American and Western society.

 

But Marcuse was an evil man. He genuinely wanted to overthrow the traditional West, and when asked who would play the part of the Russian proletariat in the Western revolution, he replied it would be all the marginalised groups, including black militants, feminists, homosexual militants, the asocial, the alienated, and Third World revolutionaries represented by student pin-up boy and civilian mass-murderer, Che Guevara.

The destructive policies of the Frankfurt school were known collectively as ‚Äėcultural terrorism‚Äô. Today, they are known simply as political correctness, an ideology people are aware of, although very few know of its anti-Western, destructive, revolutionary roots. Anyone doubting this should ask themselves why the politically correct lobby, when critiquing our history and culture, directs its attacks exclusively at white, Christian, capitalist, heterosexual men.

And the simple answer is because such people and the qualities of such people laid the foundations, erected the props, and over many centuries built the various layers of intertwined ideology and substance that formed what we now know as Western civilisation. If their memory can be destroyed, the ideology destroyed and the race of people who currently represent that ideology destroyed, then Western civilisation can be destroyed and then be rebuilt in an atheistic communist based utopia.

History lesson over.

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So you see, the post Christian society we are now living in is in what I believe to be the final stages of self destruction. Once they succeed in destroying the family there is very little left to hold it together. And we are left with a weak society of ¬†self loathing individuals who are told ridiculous things like it is their fault that the terrorists attack them because they haven’t been inclusive enough with multiculturalism. And they are buying it.

I’ve already seen these sort of apologetic, self-flagellating articles in the left wing media. They have no idea that their principles and ideology of inclusion and diversity is simply designed to destroy their culture from within. They don’t understand that the destruction of the family and the isolation of the individual are goals of this great evil. But ISIS do, and they are taking full advantage of the weakness we have created.

Modern western society is weak and sickly. I cannot say that I would die to defend this society because the principles it is based on are just plain evil. Would you give your life to defend the right of homosexual couples to adopt children? No, and the vast majority of ordinary people wouldn’t either. And with the influx of 60 million refugees into Europe – mostly Muslim, it is looking like the Cultural Marxists objectives of dilution of national identity and total internal societal destruction are very close indeed to being fulfilled.

When we grieve for France, we are subconsciously pre-empting the much larger grief that we know we will soon be facing as a whole society. The death of the post modern, post Christian West. And for someone who does not have faith in God’s ultimate plan,¬†this might seem like a very depressing thought.

However there is still time to re-discover the strong Judean- Christian roots that the West was founded on. And for the faithful Catholic there is the (as well as other Marian apparitions) Fatima prophecy of the Era of peace that will be ushered in after the great trial. There is also this:

“Whole nations will come back to the Church and the face of the earth will be renewed. Russia, China and England will come into the Church.” –¬†Blessed Anna Maria Tiagi (19th century)

But I have to admit, if there was a cage fight between Cultural Terrorism and Radical Islamic Terrorism, I’m not sure who would win. It kinds reminds me of that scene out of Jurassic Park where the Velociraptors suddenly turn on the T-Rex, and you get to just quietly walk off to safety without either of them noticing.

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Sources:

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/after-paris/17631#.Vk8NpXbhDIX

http://libertygb.org.uk/v1/index.php/news-libertygb/383-the-anti-western-revolutionaries

 

When your Baby makes you say Grace in Nando’s.

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In my last post I discussed feelings of shame. And here I am writing another post recounting another event in which I suddenly found myself experiencing shame. It seems I am possibly the most self concious, self obsessed person I know!

We have been going out quite a bit over the last few weeks since my husband became well again and one of these outings was to the famous chicken restaurant Nando’s. All 5 of us were there. Now you may be starting to wonder what the shame aspect is to this story:

Mackenzie, 6, gets messy in a giant kids food fight as part of the Persil "Cook with the Kids Promise", which is encouraging parents to get cooking with their kids. See SWNS story SWCOOK: Almost 90 per cent of parents avoid cooking with their children because they are worried about making a mess, according to a new study. Researchers found that 88 per cent of parents said cooking with their youngsters required too much clearing up.  Just under half of those interviewed said that they were simply too busy to clear up the mess made by their children in the kitchen. The study of 2,000 people, conducted by Persil Washing Up Liquid, discovered that only 12 per cent of adults weren't worried about making a mess when cooking with their children.

Were my children finding new and inventive ways of wearing their lunch? Noooo.

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Was it that after walking the entire length of the restaurant I realised that I had my skirt tucked into my knickers? Noooo.

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Did we forget to bring our wallets and end up having to escape by passing the children to each other out of the bathroom window? No.

So what was it? It must have been absolutely horrific right? Wrong.

As our food came to the table and everyone started eating, the baby sat very still and put her hands together to pray and said “Weddy?!” It was a moment of mixed emotions:

My first responses went kinda like this:

  1. Oh my gosh i’m going to have to sing in Public.
  2. Just tell the kids that we don’t have to say grace today.
  3. OMGosh! You terrible mother! You terrible Catholic!
  4. Your 1 year old is giving a better witness than you are.
  5. I don’t want the kids to think I’m ashamed to pray in public.
  6. Will my husband join in?
  7. Will people stare at us?
  8. What if people think I’m a religious fanatical parent?
  9. Who cares what a bunch of strangers think!
  10. THIS is your JOB!
  11. Get a grip.
  12. I have serious pride/humility issues.
  13. I’m so ashamed of myself for feeling ashamed.
  14. God is watching you RIGHT NOW.
  15. What you gonna do?

The two older kids had already started making the sign of the cross – like it was the most normal natural thing in the world to do. I purposely didn’t make eye contact with my husband in case he told me “This is a bad idea”. I could sense he was probably going through the same set of ridiculous emotions as I was.

And guess what? We said Grace. It was fine! Some people looked at us. Most didn’t. The kids carried on as if it was the most normal thing in the world.

To be honest it kinda reminded me of the early days of wearing my mantilla. I found that absolutely terrifying. And people DID stare at me then. Older ladies did come up to me and abruptly question me as to why I was wearing something “so old fashioned”. But you know what – I got used to it, and so did they. And you know what else – it’s really not up to them to tell me how they think I should be worshipping God. Funny how doing something so simple as wearing a mantilla can bring up such emotions in people isn’t it?

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Now the challenge is to let the general¬†public see my relationship with God. This is something that on the one hand I want to shout about from the rooftops because I am having the most incredible love affair with the creator of the universe! But on the other hand it is the most personal intimate relationship that cuts through to the very depths of who I am, and to have someone criticise that, or to laugh at me for it would be utterly crushing. I’m such a baby!

And here’s the truth: In that restaurant some people may well be offended by seeing our family make the sign of the cross. Some people wont care. And for some people it might just be the thing that pricks their conscience. For some, seeing that tiny, second long prayer will be the thing that re-ignites their own faith. For some it will give hope in a seemingly hopeless world. And for others, it will be a first – just to see a family all together, praying. They may well have never seen that before in their whole lives.

Which leads me to the blindingly obvious conclusion that to pray in public really isn’t about me at all. When people are staring, they are staring at the sign of the cross – at Jesus, not at me. It’s the most beautiful thing in the world. Who am I to deprive them of the opportunity to do that?

We will be saying Grace in public from now on ūüôā

My final post on suffering for 2014, and my prayer for 2015…

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My prayer for 2014 was ‚ÄúLord, teach me about suffering.‚ÄĚ My goodness I have learned so much! And I am so grateful. Here are a few of the main points I have learned:

1. To watch someone else suffer can be harder.

Sometimes it is harder to watch someone else suffer than to suffer yourself. I have known this all too clearly this year. I’ve had to watch my husband go through the ravages of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome knowing there is absolutely nothing I can do to take that suffering away – not even a little bit. This killed me. I would have done anything to take it upon myself – but that is not how God wanted it to be. There is purpose in my husbands suffering that I do not understand, but I do understand that this is his¬†cross. So, sometimes I will be his Simon of Cyrene and help him carry it. Sometimes I will be Mother Mary and walk along side him. And sometimes I will be John or Mary Magdalene and will simply be with him¬†as he is crucified. ¬†Even though I cannot take this suffering upon myself, I can be there – so he does not have to suffer alone.

2. Crucify yourself as soon as possible.

I have come to the understanding that the worst kind of suffering we can experience in this life is to be separated from God through our own sin. I have experienced this in a massive way this year. I have been hanging onto a sinful thought that has indeed been damaging my relationship with Jesus all year. I was hanging on in false hope of a situation that I knew could never be because it was outside of Gods plan for my life. This has caused me so much needless suffering this year I can hardly begin to explain. It could of course have been entirely avoided if I had just stopped rebelling and instead accepted the situation for what it was by crucifying my own wants and desires immediately as soon as I saw the situation developing. It came to a head last week when the Lord asked me how long I intended to keep carrying this cross for before I would finally crucify myself and accept the freedom that this would bring. If I had crucified myself at the start, I would have saved myself a whole year of needless cross carrying! Through His grace, obtained for me by a dear friend who willingly offered to suffer for me, I have managed to let this crucifixion of self take place and I am now reunited with Christ with a pure heart. My peace has returned and now I have come through the crucifixion process I am enjoying the fruits of the resurrection I am now experiencing in my life.

3. Suffering is a gift.

Most Christians (including myself up until very recently) have no idea how to suffer. We will all suffer in this life ‚Äď that is for certain, but we can either decide to do it in line with Gods plan or outside of God‚Äôs plan. When we suffer outside of Gods plan it is because we are sinning. Our suffering in this way is self-inflicted and entirely avoidable. When we suffer within Gods plan through no fault of our own we are presented with an opportunity to accept this suffering (bizarre as it may seem) as a gift. To offer this type of suffering in prayer for others is one of the most powerfully loving things we can do as human beings. Personally I have experienced a seismic shift in my attitude in regards to suffering when I have started offering it for other people. I have found that offering my suffering for others intentions not only gives it meaning and purpose, but also fills me with the most profound sense of joy. By willingly and joyfully offering my suffering for others I am imitating my Lord, and loving others in a sacrificial way that seems to touch hearts deeply. It also seems to remove the fear from suffering that I used to feel. Once the fear is gone, there is room to love. And where there is love, there is God. I never in a million years thought I would ever feel a desire to joyfully suffer ‚Äď to actually be attracted to it, but I am. My Carmelite sister Therese of Lisieux is helping me to understand this.

4. The little way of suffering.

Suffering is the biggest, most un-tapped resource we have as Christians. Can you imagine if every Christian opened their hearts to the power of redemptive suffering and what effect that would have on the world?! Sometimes God gives us huge sufferings to bear, but usually on a day-to-day basis it is just little things we are given. A headache, someone annoying us, a boring job, being lonely etc. Imagine if every Christian joyfully used these little gifts to pray for the conversion of their loved ones, or for the souls in purgatory who once in heaven could intercede for us, or for priests, bishops and the Pope. It would utterly transform things! You can also give little things up to produce a suffering: sleep without a pillow, give up 1 cup of coffee and have water instead, hold your tongue in an argument (that’s the one I really need to work on! Ha! Ha!). There are billions of Christians all over the world. One little suffering each day offered joyfully in prayer from each of us would renew the church. It would renew face of the earth.

And that leads me on to my prayer for 2015…

One suffering that is dominant in western society is loneliness. This comes from a lack of depth in our relationships with each other, and more profoundly from a lack of depth in our relationship with God. If we only knew how much He loves us. If we could only understand and accept that He loves us so much He would rather send His only son to suffer and die, than risk spending eternity without any single one of us. As we begin to learn the incredible spiritual power of suffering this mystery becomes more and more understandable. Do we love someone enough to die for them? Do we even love someone enough to give up our morning cup of coffee to obtain graces for them? How many people in your parish do you know who would willingly give up their morning cup of coffee for you? My guess is that if you asked them they would probably look at you as if you were mad ‚Äď or they would make some excuse as to why they could not do it. We are so weak aren’t we?!

The great North African theologian¬†Tertullian¬†(160‚Äď220 AD) recognised the love expressed in suffering in Christian relationships.¬†He imagined pagans looking at Christians and saying, ‚ÄúLook . . .¬† how they love one another ‚Ķ and how they are ready to die for each other‚Ķ‚ÄĚ And on the same subject Christ even tells us that ‚ÄúA new command¬†I give you: Love one another.¬†As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď John 13:34-35

If we understood and imitated Christ‚Äôs sacrificial love for us within our parish communities ‚Äď is it possible that any of us could ever be lonely again? We are called brothers and sisters for a reason. But I think perhaps in our modern world of comfort and consolations we have forgotten how to love each other properly. Love and suffering go hand in hand.

Faith has become a solitary pursuit ‚Äď rarely discussed and often compartmentalized. Suffering has become taboo and is associated with failure. Yet it is the cross that unites us as brothers and sisters, and we come together in church each week to be part of this. The key to this whole issue is here right in front of us. If we personally accepted the sacrificial love that occurred for us individually on the cross, and understood¬†that this is the way to love each other as a community, we would never be lonely again. But many, many Christians, many Catholics do not understand these mysteries ‚Äď because they have never been taught.

So, my prayer for 2015, and the subject I will be predominantly blogging about is: ‚ÄúLord, teach me about the Mass.‚ÄĚ

I hope you will join me on this voyage of discovery!

How far would you go to defend the unborn, and your Catholic faith?

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Anti abortion campaigner Bernadette Smyth.

 

A high-profile anti-abortion campaigner Bernadette Smyth, has been ordered to do 100 hours’ community service and pay ¬£2,000 compensation for harassing Dawn Purvis the director of a Marie Stopes clinic.¬†

The 51-year-old had denied harassing Ms Purvis, a former Progressive Unionist Party assembly member, on two dates earlier this year. The Marie Stopes clinic is the first private clinic to offer early medical abortions to women in Northern Ireland under its strict legal controls. Anti-abortion campaigners have gathered at the centre since it opened in October 2012.

Mrs¬†Smyth, who leads the Precious Life group, had been warned she could face jail when she was convicted last month.¬†Her solicitor Aidan Carlin described the verdict as ‚Äúa disappointment for Christians worldwide‚ÄĚ.¬†But passing sentence at Belfast Magistrates’ Court, Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes said he had taken into account Smyth’s good character and clear record.¬†He said: “You are somebody of impeccable character.¬†“You are somebody from an obviously good background and have worked very hard with the community over a long time.¬†I am prepared to accept all of that.”

The courtroom in the Laganside complex in Belfast city was packed to capacity. Ahead of the hearing, around 20 supporters gathered in a circle to pray in the corridor outside the courtroom.

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Dawn Purvis sits on an examination table at her Marie Stopes abortion clinic.

In other news…

The UK’s highest court has told two Catholic midwives they do not have the right to avoid supervising other nurses involved in abortion procedures.¬†The Supreme Court in London ruled that Mary Doogan and Connie Wood should have to support staff who are caring for patients having terminations.¬†The midwives previously won their case at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s appeal said the right to abstain should only extend to treatment ending a pregnancy.¬†Ms Doogan, from Garrowhill in Glasgow, and Mrs Wood, from Clarkston in East Renfrewshire, were employed as labour ward co-ordinators at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.

They challenged whether NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) could require them to delegate, supervise and support staff who were involved in carrying out abortions. The Court of Session in Edinburgh initially ruled in 2012 that their human rights had not been violated as they were not directly involved in terminations.

Concepta Wood and Mary Doogan have lost their case at the UK Supreme Court.

Concepta Wood and Mary Doogan have lost their case at the UK Supreme Court.

At the time, judge Lady Smith said: “Nothing they have to do as part of their duties terminates a woman’s pregnancy.¬†“They are sufficiently removed from direct involvement as, it seems to me, to afford appropriate respect for and accommodation of their beliefs.”¬†But last year, appeal court judges overturned Lady Smith’s judgement, ruling the “right of conscientious objection extends not only to the actual medical or surgical termination but to the whole process of treatment given for that purpose”. Both¬†women said that ruling affirmed the rights of all midwives to withdraw from a practice that would “violate their conscience”.

NHS GGC later asked the Supreme Court to examine whether section 4(1) of the Abortion Act 1967, which provides that “no person shall be under any duty… to participate in any treatment authorised by this Act to which he has a conscientious objection”, extends to labour ward co-ordinators.

These 3 brave Catholic women have put there jobs, their freedom and their reputations on the line to stand up and defend the unborn and their Catholic faith. They are a wonderful example to us all. 

As UK and European laws become more and more hostile towards Catholics, more and more of us will be faced with the questions: How far will you go to defend your Faith? How much are you willing to give? How much do you really believe?

It is my true belief that the church thrives with more purity, faith and passion than ever, in times of persecution. A bit of persecution does wonders in separating the wheat from the chaff, and in my honest opinion the Church needs a good clear out. Bring it on!

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,¬†for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.¬†‚ÄúBlessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.¬†Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:10-12

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.¬†If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” – John 15:18-19

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Woman gets thrown out of Washington Cathedral for proclaiming that “Jesus Christ is our Lord and saviour”.

By: An Anonymous Priest.

Watching the news this morning, I was fascinated to hear the story of Christine Weick – the woman who was thrown out of the National Cathedral in Washington DC. The Cathedral had been loaned to the local Muslim group to use during their Friday prayers. As the prayers began, Christine stood up, pointed at the large Cross, and proclaimed that¬†“Jesus Christ is our Lord and saviour”.¬†The Cathedral authorities, embarrassed by her behaviour, swiftly removed her. But yet she shouted it louder all the more.

This scenario is what is taking place in today’s Gospel:

“Now it happened that as he drew near to Jericho there was a blind man sitting at the side of the road begging.¬†When he heard the crowd going past he asked what it was all about,¬†and they told him that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by.¬†So he called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’¬†The people in front scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’¬†Jesus stopped and ordered them to bring the man to him, and when he came up, asked him,¬†‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Sir,’ he replied, ‘let me see again.’¬†Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight. Your faith has saved you.’¬†And instantly his sight returned and he followed him praising God, and all the people who saw it gave praise to God.” –¬†Luke 18:35-43¬†

To call Jesus ‘Son of David’ is to recognise him as the rightful King. Notice how the crowd tell him to be quiet? How embarrassing; it might offend someone. Well, the truth is that Jesus Christ is the eternal, true and righteous King of all, and that includes the group of Muslims praying in Washington Cathedral. To deny this fact would be to deny the nature of Christ and his Kingship. Islam does not recognise Jesus as King, Christine Weick does. It was she however who was not welcome in the Cathedral yesterday.

To call Christ ‘King’ is an outward sign of faith. So much so that Jesus restores the sight of men. It is also the cry of martyrs, many of whom throughout history were martyred shouting ‘Vivat Christus Rex’ (long live Christ the King). Forever, Hosanna to the Son of David. Amen.

Christine Wieck

Why Do Italian Footballers Keep Visiting Medjugorje?

Gigi Buffon - Italy

National team goalkeeper Gianluigi¬†Buffon has joined the growing ranks of Italian top football players who visit Medjugorje. As my good friend put it… “now Gianluigi¬†Buffon’s just gone to Medjugorje…dnt blame him I’d be cryin¬†out to Mamma after that appaulin loss!!!”

But it’s not only Buffon, Roberto Mancini is pictured here leaving the Medjugorje Church of St. James during his Bosnia trip.

All smiles: Mancini looked much more relaxed outside the church than on the touchline

So what is going on here? Arn’t these men satisfied with their incredible careers, enormous¬†wealth, glamorous¬†life style and beautiful women? Well they probably are! – but obviously they are looking for something more. It is reported that this is not the first time either of them have visited Medjugorje. What is it that keeps them, and many other top Italian¬†footballers returning?

Is it the peace? The complete contrast to their life of bright¬†lights and glitter? Perhaps it is the simplicity of the message that is coming¬†out of Medjugorje – “Pray, pray, pray.” (I bet Buffon wishes he had done a bit more of that Before his game last week!)

To be honest it is probably the same reason I will be returning their next week (perhaps I will bump into Buffon?!). It changed everything. That’s¬†the only way i¬†can describe it! In fact i¬†could spend all night trying to explain myself and i¬†still wouldn’t have scratched the surface.

Everything i had been taught about the Catholic faith suddenly made sense. It was relevent. It was happening NOW. It was real РJesus and Mary were earth shatteringly real, and they were right here.

Perhaps the hardest thing for me to accept was not the apparitions themselves, but coming to terms with the realisation that I was loved. Loved by God. For the first time i knew what that was like Рand i was so grateful. This change of heart is experienced by many, some all of a sudden like me, and others slowly over years.

So what can i tell you about the hype? …

Am i allowed to make a pilgrimage to Medjugorje? РYes. Private pilgrimages are totally allowed by the Vatican.

Does the sun spin in Medjugorje? – Yes.

Do Rosaries turn to gold? – Yes.

Are people healed? – Yes.

Did 10,000 people standing on the mountain side during an apparition see the most incredible display of lights and bangs in the sky accompanied by the overwhelming fragrance of roses, followed by an enormous cross in the sky made out of light? РYes, i was one of them in June 1998 aged 18.

But the biggest miracle is that 30 million people have visited this small town in Bosnia over the last 31 years and that there is now more pilgrims than ever! People are changing their hearts, and taking it back to their families. They are finding hope and truth and true friends, and their faith is exploding into life!

I can’t wait to go back next week – and whats more, our group is staying with Jacov Colo! (the youngest visionary).

Our group leader Liam Driver from www.medjugorjepilgrimages.co.uk just called me to let me know they have been granted a further 10 places on our trip next week. So, do you wanna come? We leave from London Gatwick on 17th July and return on 24th. First come first served!

Here’s the details:

http://www.medjugorjepilgrimages.co.uk/#/july-2012/4556338571

See you there!

For more information on Medjugorje please visit: http://www.medjugorje.org/

 

Sources :

http://www.medjugorjetoday.tv/6156/top-football-keeper-visits-medjugorje/

http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/3265/italy/2012/07/04/3220345/buffon-goes-on-religious-pilgrimage-to-bosnia

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2120962/Roberto-Mancini-heads-religious-break-Bosnia.html#ixzz1zlfbXUj8