“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since ‘no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord’. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms. Now is the time to say to Jesus: ‘Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace’”. (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
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This year’s Prolife Mass will be held on Wednesday 18th December 2013. As usual we start the evening with Holy Hour at 6pm with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by the rosary at 7pm and Mass at 7.30pm.
Mass will be celebrated by Fr Quinn.
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Even though this ruling was in New Zealand, it is ominous and disturbing for us in Britain. A NZ couple won a ruling for suffering a ”personal injury” and are entitled to compensation because they didn’t have an opportunity to abort their daughter who was born with spina bifida.
You may need to re-read this again as it takes some taking in! It is hard to fathom how a couple can claim to love their child yet still feeling justified in asking for compensation because they weren’t given the opportunity to kill their child in the womb?! This stands out from the ruling,
She said she was not ashamed of saying she would have aborted her daughter.
“In no way are we saying we don’t want her now, ” she said.
“It would have been a very difficult decision – not something taken lightly – but with the information we would have had at the time, had they given it to us, that’s the decision we would have made.”
The mother said she wanted to be able to tell her daughter that she did everything she could to guarantee a stable life for her.”
This ruling should make all prolifers shiver as it reflects the society that we live in. Disposable and greedy. We need to be on our guard that this mentality which is prevelant in NZ does not find a way over here.
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We would like to add our tributes to the others that have already been written on the death of Alison Davis, yesterday. We knew Alison because she had dedicated her life to speaking out for unborn children especially those who were disabled because Alison was born with spina bifida. Her life was full of faith after her conversion to Catholicism and her words were full of witness. To hear her speak of her life which had been one of pain and suffering aswell as joy and love was a privilege. She travelled widely with the help of her carer, Colin to make sure that whoever heard her would know that no matter what the disability, there is still a life worth living and Alison was a shinning example of that.
On a more personal note Alison was a modest, witty, generous person whose light shone so brightly. That light has gone from this earth with her death, but with God she will shine even more brightly, we are sure.
Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May She Rest In Peace
For a fuller post about her life see John Smeaton’s blog http://spuc-director.blogspot.co.uk/
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FRANCIS XAVIER, ST. (1506-1552). Born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of SpanishNavarre on Apr. 7, he was sent to the University of Paris1525, secured his licentiate in 1528, met Ignatius Loyola and became one of the seven who in 1534, at Montmartre founded the Society of Jesus.
In 1536 he left Paris to join Ignatius in Venice, from whence they all in tended to go as missionaries to Palestine (a trip which never materialized), was ordained there in 1537, went to Rome in 1538, and in 1540, when the pope formally recognized the Society, was ordered, with Fr. Simon Rodriguez, to the Far East as the first Jesuit missionaries. King John III kept Fr. Simon in Lisbon, but Francis, after a year’s voyage, six months of which were spent at Mozambique where he preached and gave aid to the sick eventually arrived in Goa, India in 1542 with Fr. Paul of Camerino an Italian, and Francis Mansihas, a Portuguese.
There he began preaching to the natives and attempted to reform his fellow Europeans, living among the natives and adopting their customs on his travels. During the next decade he converted tens of thousands to Christianity. He visited the Paravas at the tip of India. near Cape Comorin, Tuticorin (1542), Malacca (1545), the Moluccas near New Guinea and Morotai near the Philippines (1546-47), andJapan (1549- 51). In 1551, India and the East were set up as a separate province and Ignatius made Francis its first provincial. In 1552 he set out for China, landed on the island of Sancian within sight of his goal, but died before he reached the mainland. Working against great difficulties, language problems ( contrary to legend, he had no proficiency in foreign tongues ), inadequate funds, and lack of cooperation, often actual resistance, from European officials, he left themark of his missionary zeal and energy on areas which clung to Christianity for centuries. He was canonized in 1622 and proclaimed patron of all foreign missions by Pope Pius X. F. D. Dec. 3.
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**taken from jillstanek.com**
I used to find myself feeling empty a lot. I spent almost seven years riding around on a tour bus chasing a dream. You go out and play a show and people scream and sing along, but then the show is over, and you go back to the bus and sit there alone. It’s like going from the highest high to the lowest low.
Now I look forward to getting back on my bus, so I can sing ‘Old MacDonald’ to Pearl... You can chase the dream all you want, you can make as much money as you want, but if you don’t have anyone to share it with, you’re not quite as far along as you thought.
I have a lot more substance in my life now.
~ Country singer Jake Owen (pictured with daughter Pearl) describing the positive effect fatherhood on his life, People, November 27
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