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Friday, 4 April 2014

Forget Religion, Do what you feel is right!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comments on Popular Facebook Post

Its not the first time I have seen this post appear on my facebook news feed but I would certainly like it to be the last. I am unsurprised that this quote is anonymous, as for me it carries no weight whatsoever except confirming a secular societies uninformed belief that religion is a negative thing.
First of all this is a complete contradiction through the intolerance it preaches. If whoever posts or re posts it had any empathy, they surely wouldn't post it in the first place. If we really break it down we can see that they (Whoever Posts) are just having a pop at what they believe is a group of people who believe they have a higher moral standing than everyone else in society. This is obviously a misunderstanding of the aspiration that Christians, in particular, have towards following the examples of Christ. The post can be translated as 'we can make our own moral code up' which is complete nonsense. Do these people really understand what would happen if we completely left it up to our own consciences to decide what is right and wrong. We can make ourselves believe that anything is right if we really want to. We reason and reason until the unreasonable becomes reasonable at least to us, and if there is no concrete guide we are doing no more than urinating into the wind (excuse me).
To a certain extent we are following the law of each individual land that governs us and creates our laws. We have to rely on law makers who may believe in the murder of innocent unborn children, so how can we trust that following these man made laws can lead us into a deeper sense of being. Do not get me wrong, we have to abide by the Law of the land so long as it abides with our conscience but even more important is the Law of God, the unchanging law's that were given in divine revelation and throughout salvation history. These laws permeate our societies and we can still see the good that remains through these laws even in our secular society. We do not use a little red book to determine right from wrong but do so from the laws/rules/guidance that God gave us and if we choose to ignore this we enter the realm of selfishness, picking what pleases us and what gives us instant unfulfilled gratification.
On a final note, to indirectly say that some of the great Catholic Saints have lacked empathy is ludicrous. These fine examples of humanity no what it takes to decide what is right and wrong and they do so under God's guidance and in a religious context.
In God's Love

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Courageous Bishop Egan and his not so Courageous Colleagues

Bishop Egan and Catholic Teaching
It's been a few days since I first heard of Bishop Egan's explanation about why MP's, who voted for the same-sex marriage bill, shouldn't receive communion. I have to say from the outset that I fully agree with his comments which also fully adhere to the teaching of the Catholic Church. I thought there was no more to be said on the subject but then heard that the Bishops Conference had publicly stated that this is not the case and that nobody will be introducing a ban. Many people I am sure will be in a state of mortal sin when receiving communion but for an MP to actively and publicly be in opposition to the Church's teaching demands action from the Bishop's Conference and indeed, their local parish priest under guidance from their Bishop. To allow the MP's to continue receiving communion in a state of mortal sin could really be a grave sin itself and so a great responsibility lies on the Bishops conference of England and Wales which I feel they have now shirked.
Bishop Egan initially said; “When people are not in communion with the Catholic Church … in terms of the teachings of the Church on marriage and family life – they are voting in favour of same-sex marriage – then they shouldn’t be receiving Holy Communion.” The comments were further clarified as being an act of charity when Bishop Egan stated; “We’re called by Christ and He’s chosen us, it’s a free choice. We live under the word of God. It’s not my truth, it’s God’s truth. One would hope that in that case it would encourage someone to come back to seek communion with the Lord with the truth and say I’m sorry I got lost.”
Church teaching is clear and it certainly seems clear that Bishop Egan knows this but does the Bishops Conference? I would encourage everyone that has my concern to write to the President of the Bishops conference to voice their concern.
In God's Love
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Archbishop’s House
Ambrosden Ave.
London, UK

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Selective Hearing of The Young

First of all let me assert from/the outset that it is not my intention to be a patronising adult that says 'in my day.........' My day wasn't long ago but unfortunately has just about passed. The Young Catholic is approaching 30 this year and feels the age gap more than ever between teenagers and those like myself who went through it in recent history.

specifically it is my intention to make some observations about recent experiences with young people. Having been young very recently I understand that with this age comes a certain amount of a care free attitude. Some things become more important with experience. Its hard to communicate without being accused of being patronising but sometimes you really do just feel like slapping someone with an extremely wet fish to drive the message home. Worryingly I have this to come with my children, which should present a challenge which I can imagine is frustrating. The worrying thing that I have observed lately is that the young ears I have surrounding me do seem to be extremely deaf to any sort of wisdom. I am far from wise myself but knowing the all wise creator enables me to give advice which I know for sure is sound and most importantly, truth.

I am not in the habit of handing out copious amounts of advice but it sometimes leaves me speechless at how much young people do not care to ask themselves the more important questions in life. The culture of drink seems to have a strong hold over the young. As the weekend comes near its all about going out and getting intoxicated as I also did in my younger days. It seems in this way that people seem to make the same mistakes without listening to the advice of their elders. No doubt drinking too much is not a positive thing, but everyone does it so why would people want to stay in when there friends are out clubbing. This is one example but the deafness of the young is frightening. Not only do they fail to heed advice or ask themselves questions which may deepen their knowledge of their existence, but they are numb to any kind of conversation which challenges their minds.

I am concerned that my children are to grow up in this/pleasure seeking society where money is more important than building/nurturing virtue. We are weak human beings and so its no surprise, really, that people make the same mistakes, but as someone who has started to learn, its highly frustrating to see.

Let us pray for the young, that they may remain pure and learn the wisdom of God, hopefully before they make mistakes, but if not, quite soon after. May God guide them closely and wrap them more and more in the spiritual cotton wool needed today.

In Gods Love