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“On every first Friday to commit as a day of fasting, penance and prayer (e.g. Rosary, Stations of the Cross, Adoration and 40 hours in October) for the intentions of the Universal Church and the Holy Father Pope Francis.

Let us pray

Father in Heaven, you have ordered the Sacrament of Marriage and the gift of life as an image of your Divine Life with the Son in the Holy Spirit. We pray that the teaching of the Church on the true meaning of marriage and human sexuality may be proclaimed with ever greater love, courage and hope in our world and be received in deep gratitude. Amen.

We ask for the intercession of all the Saints in Heaven. Our Lady, Mother of Nazareth – pray for us. Saint Joseph – pray for us. Saint Thomas More – pray for us. St Therese of Lisieux – pray for us. Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin – pray for us.”

(Confraternity of Catholic Clergy)

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Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Prayers for Today


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Question: “Nowadays it is not uncommon to hear it said that religion is something personal, that those who believe should keep it to themselves, that it is something private. That we must not embarrass people… that we should hide our beliefs… not reveal our belief in Christ to others. I would like to hear your comments on that.

Answer: Yes as you say it is something you will often hear nowadays. And we agree that our faith is personal but it can never be private. Of its very nature it reaches out to others. A sincere belief in God will flow out of the heart of the believer into every sphere of his or her life. And so any committed and sincere Christian necessarily influences society and culture.

In St Paul’s letter to the Romans he says ‘the life and death of each one of us has its influence on others.’ Of its nature it is not private and lest we have any doubts about practising our faith openly Jesus calls on us his followers to be his witnesses.

Jesus makes it clear that the Church does not exist for its own sake. It has a mission, a purpose. It must not let the world forget Jesus Christ. It must continue to make Him known and to proclaim His teachings everywhere until time is no more. He calls on each one of us who make up the Church to live our faith, ‘to make disciples of all the nations.’ Not to be afraid to show others by our beliefs and lifestyle that we are His followers. Pope Francis, in his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium, wrote: ‘No one can demand that religion should be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life.’

We need to be like the Christian who lived simply among nonbelievers. Later, when a missionary arrived and started preaching Christ, the people said, ‘Oh we knew him; he lived in that house on the hill.’ It is clear that the man on the hill preached his profound belief in Christ by the way he lived his life. We might ask ourselves this question – would those who know us be able to say the same about us?”

– From: Saint Martin Magazine, for subscriptions please visit (external link)


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On “20th July, one of the saints remembered by the Church is St Aurelius. In the late fourth century he was ordained Bishop of Carthage, which today is in Tunisia. At that time there were two heresies which needed to be countered and St Aurelius played a significant part in promulgating what was true Catholic teaching. These heresies, and then Catholic teaching, are summarised below:


The first heresy was Donatism. This heresy had implications both for the sacrament of confession and the other sacraments in general. Donatists believed that the sacrament of confession could not reconcile certain sinners back into full communion with the Church. This was in the context of certain clerics having previously gone against the Church during times of persecution. The Donatists had a rigorist position against them returning to the Church. The other belief of the Donatists which needed to be countered was their insistence that by sinful acts priests made themselves unable to celebrate valid sacraments. St Aurelius proclaimed the truth of the Catholic Faith that the sacrament of confession was precisely for everyone who repented and that there was a way back to full communion with the Church.

Also that the validity of any sacrament depended on the holiness of God, the priest being a mere instrument of God’s work. So any priest, even one in a state of sin, who speaks the formula of the sacrament with valid matter, as laid down by the Church, and with the intent of causing the sacrament to occur, acts validly. For example, a Catholic who receives the Eucharist from the hands of a priest, even if he has sinned, still receives Christ’s Body and Blood, their own sacramental life being undamaged by the priest’s sins.


The other heresy to be countered was that of Pelagianism. This taught that original sin did not taint human nature and that mortal will was still capable of choosing good or evil without God’s help. Human will alone was sufficient to live a sinless life and that human beings can earn their own salvation by their own efforts.

The Council of Carthage at that time corrected these errors. The statements include the teaching that death did not come to Adam from a physical necessity, but through sin; newborn babies must be baptised on account of original sin; justifying grace not only avails for the forgiveness of past sins, but also gives assistance for the avoidance of future sins; without God’s grace it is not merely more difficult, but impossible to perform good works; not out of humility, but in truth we must confess ourselves to be sinners.

St Aurelius became a good friend of St Augustine of Hippo and the two of them, in writing and spoken word, actively confronted the teachings and tactics of these heretics. St Aurelius died in the year 430.”

From: “Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris”/2015


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Pope Francis wants us to step off the escalator

“Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that people should not regard the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ as ‘puritanical’ in its message. Asked about the encyclical’s appeal for ‘sobriety and sself-denial’, Cardinal Nichols said people needed to go beyond reading the encyclical in a ‘puritanical way’. He continued by saying that Pope Francis wanted the faithful to recognise that when it comes to consumerism ‘less is better’ and that being trapped on an escalator where you ‘always want more’ is not a ‘happy escalator’.

Do I need this?

Cardinal Nichols also said that the encyclical made clear that when we purchase an object we make an ethical choice and that individuals should ask themselves: ‘Do I need this?’ In Laudato Si’ the Pope says: ‘A constant flood of new consumer goods can baffle the heart and prevent us from cherishing each thing and each moment.’

The Cardinal was speaking at a press conference at Our Lady and St Joseph’s Catholic primary school in Poplar, East London. He said the location had been chosen as a reminder that we have an obligation gation to care for the earth for the sake of future generations, and also because the school was specifically designed in an environmentally friendly way.

A thoroughly Catholic document

Cardinal Nichols described the Pope’s encyclical as a ‘thoroughly Catholic document’ that was consistent with the teachings of former popes, and because it is focused on the ‘dignity and the calling of the human person’. The cardinal also described this text as a teaching document that is ‘essentially ethical in its challenge’ and encourages dialogue, and is ‘centred on the work of God and how it comes to fulfilment in the Person of Jesus.'”

– This article was copied off the one published in the “Catholic Herald” newspaper, issue June 26 2015. For the online-version and subscriptions, please visit (external link).

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Posted by on July 6, 2015 in Words of Wisdom


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