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THE CALL TO HOLINESS IS NOT FOUND UP IN THE CLOUDS OR IN OUR DREAMS

[From the Bishop of Shrewsbury, Bishop Mark Davies]

“…The bishop also emphasised the importance of the personal call to holiness and listed practical ways of responding. He said: ‘Conversation is a definite step towards becoming a saint. Exhausted after a hard day’s work but willing to sit down with your children and listen patiently to them, this too can be a step towards holiness.

Making time for prayer each day even when we are tired: this is a sure step towards holiness. Being ready for Mass on Sunday, and at times making a good Confession,’ which ‘cleans us up’ Pope Francis says, these are vital steps towards holiness. He adds that thinking of Our Lady, the Pope says, ‘so good, so beautiful’ and taking up the rosary to pray, this is yet another step towards holiness.

Meeting someone in need, making time and being willing to help are real steps towards becoming the saint we are called to be.

In other words the call to holiness is not found up in the clouds or in our dreams. The call to become a saint is right in front of us every day!’

He concluded: ‘May Mary, who in Pope Francis’s words is ‘so good, so beautiful,’ help us recognise how in these apparently small things of each day is the path to our holiness, to our complete and everlasting happiness.'”

– This is an excerpt of the article “Bishop Davies gives faithful his tips for a holy life” by Madeleine Teahan, published in The Catholic Herald newspaper issue November 28 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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“THE FIRST CHRISTIANS REQUIRED COURAGE TO OVERCOME AND TRANSFORM A VAST, PAGAN WORLD”

Challenges posed by opposing ideologies

[…] “The Bishop of Shrewsbury…the Rt. Rev. Mark Davies says that family life is in crisis from challenges posed by opposing ideologies.

Particularly, he says that these oppositions, including the acceptance of [practising] homosexuals into the Church, are hostile to the sanctity of human life and the truth of marriage.

‘Deceptive mercy’

Bishop Davies says: ‘It would be the ultimate failure in pastoral care or charity, to mislead people by encouraging them to remain in sin, or fail to call them to repentance and renewal.

‘Pope Francis describes this approach as ‘deceptive mercy’, a false mercy which bandages wounds but fails to heal them.’ …

Encouraging a ‘pagan world’

Bishop Davies … said acceptance of homosexuality would be encouraging a ‘pagan world’. He continues: ‘I want to dispel any misleading impression that the Church will abandon her witness in the face of hostile trends in public opinion or the destructive ideologies of our time.

The call for unwavering courage

‘The first Christians required courage to overcome and transform a vast, pagan world whose ideas about marriage and sexuality were not unlike those which prevail in our own culture.

‘Today we need this same, supernatural courage to live and give witness to all the Church believes and teaches about marriage, the family and human sexuality.’

Hostile trends in public opinion

He will also highlight that both Pope Francis and Cardinal Vincent Nichols have rejected wrongful assumptions that the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, held at the Vatican between 5th-19th October, could lead to changes in the constant teaching of the Church on marriage.

Bishop Davies quotes Pope Francis in explaining that the ‘pastoral response’ sought by the synod to the crisis of our time is primarily to find answers to the ‘many discouragements that surround and suffocate families’.

Pope St John Paul II and Blessed Paul VI

He will also suggest that the canonisation of Pope St John Paul II and the subsequent beatification of Blessed Paul VI represent fresh invitations to ‘look to the great inheritance of their teaching’ and expressed the hope that their courage and prayer will inspire us to seek a deeper understanding of what Christ and his Church teach about marriage, the family and human sexuality.”

– These are excerpts (headings in bold added afterwards) of an article published in the Catholic Universe on 7th November 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.the catholic universe.com [external link]

 

 

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CALLING ON CATHOLICS FOR “COURAGE AND CONSTANCY”

A HOSTILE SECULAR CLIMATE

“The Bishops of Shrewsbury and Portsmouth have issued appeals for Catholics to be brave and faithful in the face of a hostile secular climate as the Year of Faith [drew] to a close.

In a pastoral letter which [was] read out in churches on Sunday to parishioners in the Diocese of Shrewsbury, Bishop Mark Davies [called] on Catholics to profess their faith with ‘courage and constancy’.

The letter says that unless Catholics profess their faith in Jesus Christ, the Church will become little more than a charitable, non-governmental organisation. Quoting Pope Francis, it says: ‘When we do not confess Jesus Christ, we confess the worldliness of the Devil.’

WHEN WE DO NOT CONFESS JESUS CHRIST, WE CONFESS THE WORLDLINESS OF THE DEVIL’

Bishop Davies’s letter goes on to say: ‘I have no doubt that the future of our diocese will be decided by the courage and constancy of such faith. In my first letter to the diocese three years ago I echoed the prayer of the first Apostles who said to the Lord: ‘Increase our faith!’ (Lk 17:5). At the end of this Year of Faith I ask you to renew with me this same prayer in the Mass today where ‘the sacrifice of Christ offered once for all on the cross remains ever present’.

COURAGEOUS AND CONSTANT WITNESS

‘Before Christ our Lord, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, let us say: ‘Lord, increase our Faith!’ Increase our faith that we may go from Mass every Sunday to give our own courageous and constant witness to Christ the King.’

‘POWERFUL FORCES OF CHAOS AND MORAL MALAISE’ THREATEN BRITAIN

In his message to his diocese, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has announced that he will consecrate his diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sunday, to mark…the end of the Year of Faith. Bishop Egan said that indifference towards God was releasing ‘powerful forces of chaos’ in society. He said: ‘This consecration is not simply an act of piety. In Britain today, we have so much to thank God for and we rejoice that the Holy Spirit is clearly at work far and wide in people’s hearts.’

CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART

‘Yet we also recognise that many people in our society reject God, or they are indifferent towards Him, to their eternal destiny and to the role of religion in human living. ‘Such attitudes are releasing powerful forces of chaos and moral malaise, which undermine our Catholic community too.

Bishop Egan concluded: ‘So at Mass, on November 24, the Feast of Christ the King, the national Day of Prayer for Young People, I wish to invite everyone to consecrate themselves, through the Heart of Mary to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. That means: put Christ first! Put yourself under His Word! Promise to live your life entirely In Corde Iesu [‘in the heart of Jesus’].’

The Year of Faith was launched by Pope Benedict XVI last October to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. It also coincided with the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”
– This article by Madeleine Teahan entitled “Bishops: English faithful will need to be courageous” was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue November 22 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 
 

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