The Paisley Diocese have organised a fantastic series of Lenten talks with different Bishops. They are being held in St Mirrens Cathedral on Sunday afternoons and everyone is most welcome. We can’t recommend them enough as a way to explore different themes during Lent and deepen your faith.
Bishop Gilbert will be speaking this Sunday 8th March 2015 and all the details can be found at http://www.rcdop.org.uk/
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Project Truth is the child of SPUC Scotland and this is what they got up to last summer!
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“Lenten practices of giving up pleasures are good reminders that the purpose of life is not pleasure. The purpose of life is to attain to perfect life, all truth and undying ecstatic love—which is the definition of God. In pursuing that goal we find happiness. Pleasure is not the purpose of anything; pleasure is a by-product resulting from doing something that is good. One of the best ways to get happiness and pleasure out of life is to ask ourselves, ‘How can I please God?’ and, ‘Why am I not better?’ It is the pleasure-seeker who is bored, for all pleasures diminish with repetition.” (Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
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Some pictures say more than words ever can and this is certainly one of them. A baby miscarried at 7 weeks and born completely intact shows us and the world the true humanity of this tiny child.
As the family relates about their miscarried son David:
“I had a miscarriage on Palm Sunday last year. We think he was a boy and named him David Raphael.
My only prayer when the doctor told me at 11 weeks that my baby had died a month earlier (at 7 weeks gestation), was that I would have something to bury. The doctor said he would either be too small to find or that his fragile body would be crushed in the miscarriage process and there wouldn’t be anything left.
On Palm Sunday afternoon he came out. The entire sac was in tact and there he was still floating in the amniotic water.
I took a picture so I wouldn’t forget that moment and how God answered my prayer. I think it would be an amazing photo to show people contemplating abortion. Even though he was only 7 weeks when he died, you can see his little arms and legs forming.
My 4 year old was looking through my phone when I wasn’t looking one day and found the picture. He came up to me with it and asked me whose baby it was. Even a child can tell that at 7 weeks, the fetus is a little person.”
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We always find it extremely moving to hear post abortive women talking about their abortion experiences because the pain and regret is clear to witness. This video is very effective whilst being very sad at the same time.
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Today, the 1st March is St Davids’ Day. Saint David, or Dewi Sant, as he is known in the Welsh language, is the patron saint of Wales. He was a Celtic monk, abbot and bishop, who lived in the sixth century. During his life, he was the archbishop of Wales, and he was one of many early saints who helped to spread Christianity among the pagan Celtic tribes of western Britain.
It is claimed that Dewi lived for over 100 years, and it is generally accepted that he died in 589. His last words to his followers were in a sermon on the previous Sunday which transcribes these as ‘Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.’ ‘Do the little things’ (‘Gwnewch y pethau bychain’) is today a very well-known phrase in Welsh, and has proved an inspiration to many. On a Tuesday, the first of March, in the year 589, the monastery is said to have been ‘filled with angels as Christ received his soul’.
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We’re just reminding everyone that the SPUC Youth Conference 2015 is almost upon us. It is happening next month 6th – 8th March and the line up of speakers is fantastic. Anyone from the ages 16-35 is welcome and sponsorship is available. Please contact SPUC https://www.spuc.org.uk/ and ask for Rhoslyn.
Meanwhile here’s a clip from last year’s conference to wet your appetite!
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