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THE CHRISTIAN PIERCES THROUGH THE VEIL OF THIS WORLD AND SEES THE NEXT

THE CHRISTIAN PIERCES THROUGH THE VEIL OF THIS WORLD AND SEES THE NEXT

Thus the Christian pierces through the veil of this world and sees the next. He holds intercourse with it; he addresses God as a child might address his parent, with as clear a view of him, and with as unmixed a confidence in him; with deep reverence indeed, and godly fear and awe, but still with certainty and exactness: as St Paul says, ‘I know whom I have believed’, with the prospect of judgment to come to sober him, and the assurance of present grace to cheer him.

– St John Henry Newman; Realisation of the Unseen World. (P. S. VII, 211)

 
 

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SHUN THE GOSSIP OF MEN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

SHUN THE GOSSIP OF MEN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

AVOIDING IDLE TALK

Shun the gossip of men as much as possible, for discussion of worldly affairs, even though sincere, is a great distraction inasmuch as we are quickly ensnared and captivated by vanity.

Many a time I wish that I had held my peace and had not associated with men. Why, indeed, do we converse and gossip among ourselves when we so seldom part without a troubled conscience? We do so because we seek comfort from one another’s conversation and wish to ease the mind wearied by diverse thoughts. Hence, we talk and think quite fondly of things we like very much or of things we dislike intensely. But, sad to say, we often talk vainly and to no purpose; for this external pleasure effectively bars inward and divine consolation.

Therefore we must watch and pray lest time pass idly.

When the right and opportune moment comes for speaking, say something that will edify.

Bad habits and indifference to spiritual progress do much to remove the guard from the tongue. Devout conversation on spiritual matters, on the contrary, is a great aid to spiritual progress, especially when persons of the same mind and spirit associate together in God.

From: Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

 

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HOW DOES THIS MAKE YOU FEEL? – “COME AND SEE ME IN MY OFFICE, PLEASE… RIGHT NOW. I’D LIKE TO HAVE A WORD WITH YOU.”

AS CHRISTIANS WE FACE THE TRUTH – NO LONGER DO WE HAVE A NAGGING FEAR OF BEING CAUGHT OUT!

“All of us experience being called to answer for our actions. It might be the boss at work wanting to know what on earth we were up to! It might be parents, or spouses. So often we think we can ‘get away with it!’

Yet we benefit from facing the truth. It is painful. But it is freeing. No longer do we have a nagging fear of being caught out! Rather the air is cleared and we can move on.

If this is true in so many of our relationships, it is certainly true between each one of us and God.

Lent is the time for straight talking with God. Let’s do it!”
– This short meditation was published in “A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2009” by AlivePublishing. For information about their booklets please visit http://www.alivepublishing.co.uk (external link).

 

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POPE FRANCIS WANTS US TO IGNORE THE ‘TROLLS’ AND THRIVE ONLINE

THE WEB OFFERS IMMENSE POSSIBILITIES FOR ENCOUNTER AND SOLIDARITY

“When Francis issued his first World Communications Day message last week one media outlet ran the headline: ‘The Internet’s Favourite Pope Loves the Internet Back.’ You may recall that Francis was named the most popular person on the web in 2013 and in his new message he reportedly described the net as ‘a gift from God’. That prompted American comedian Stephen Colbert to observe: ‘Pope Francis said the internet is ‘a gift from God’. Sounds like somebody hasn’t scrolled down to the comments section yet.’

How can Francis describe the net as a divine gift when it is the habitat of hateful ‘trolls’ and a vehicle for such horrific crimes as human trafficking and child abuse? If we read his message carefully we see that the Holy Father does not, in fact, say that the internet itself is a heavenly gift. Rather, he argues that the ‘immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity’ that the web offers are ‘something truly good, a gift from God’. So he is saying that the web is a gift in so far as it offers us new opportunities for meeting and sharing with others.

THESE MEDIA… WHICH IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOD’S PROVIDENTIAL DESIGN, UNITE MEN IN BROTHERHOOD AND SO HELP THEM TO COOPERATE WITH HIS PLAN FOR THEIR SALVATION

It is true, though, that the Church takes a broadly optimistic view of the digital revolution. It has had a decidedly sunny outlook on modern communication technology for decades. In a 1971 document, the Vatican said: ‘The Church sees these media as ‘gifts from God’ which, in accordance with his providential design, unite men in brotherhood and so help them to cooperate with his plan for their salvation.’ The 2002 text ‘The Church and the Internet’ quoted that sentence and added: ‘This remains our view, and it is the view we take of the internet.’

DRAWBACKS ARE REAL, [BUT] THEY DO NOT JUSTIFY REJECTING SOCIAL MEDIA

The Church’s forward-looking vision seems to baffle people who regard Catholicism as a remnant of the Middle Ages. They see the Pope’s widely successful Twitter account, @Pontifex , as a kind of curio and seem amazed that, say, cloistered nuns are using the web to reach out to the world. There is also some resistance within the Church. Some have encountered the ignorance and occasional savagery of web commenters or Twitter users and decided to have nothing to do with the net. ‘The Church and the Internet’ said firmly that ‘hanging back timidly from fear of technology or some other reason is not acceptable’ and in his message Francis argued that although the ‘drawbacks are real, they do not justify rejecting social media’. It is not always easy to get our message across in a medium whose collective attention span can be counted in seconds. But we have to try, then learn from our mistakes and try once again.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue January 31 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 
 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: MARRIAGE MoT

All married couples, no matter how long ago they wed, are welcome to attend this one-day event. The Marriage MoT will enable them to explore their relationship more deeply and improve their communication skills.
Couples will also gain valuable insights into the call of the Church to the married.

It all takes place on Saturday April 27 between 9.45am and 4.30pm at Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HR. There is a suggested donation of £25 per couple. Couples should email philandmary@blueyonder.co.uk to book.

 

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THE BENEFITS OF PRAYING TO THE SAINTS

When we look at the lives of the Saints, those who have faithfully followed Christ, we are inspired with a new reason for seeking heaven and at the same time we are shown a most safe path by which in keeping with our state of life on earth we will be able to arrive at perfect union with Christ.

In the lives of those who, sharing our humanity, are however more perfectly transformed into the image of Christ, God vividly manifests His presence and His face to human beings. He speaks to us in them and gives us a sign of His Kingdom, to which we are strongly drawn.

The authentic devotion to the Saints consists not so much in the multiplication of external acts but rather in greater intensity of our love… We seek from the Saints example in their way of life, fellowship in their communion, and aid in their intercession.

– Vatican Council II: Constitution on the Church, 50

 
 

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