Reflections on a Sunday

When I became too ill to work (twenty years ago) the desire to serve God in a public way never left me. I engaged as I was able in running a couple of websites and talking a lot on email groups and to individuals. After I was received into the Catholic Church I let it fall away and arranged to cancel all my hosting activities and settled in to a more contemplative style of life. However I was drawn to blogging after reading a few blogs about sight loss and living with it. So I started to blog and to … Continue reading Reflections on a Sunday

Never lose focus

Sometimes I just want to fling open my Bible and write another sermon. Sadly that isn’t going to ever happen as I can no longer read physical books or indeed study anything for very long. This little cross I have to bear. I do so gladly. But I loved expository preaching. The single most important message of course is always Jesus and our required response to him. We start by seeing He who created all hanging on the cross on a Friday. Dying for our sins, dying for love, giving all in surrender. Now consider our response to the Lord. … Continue reading Never lose focus

Struggles or Why Fight?

The last few days have been a bit of a struggle. Trying very hard to work out what I feel about certain things in relation to the Church. I dislike the focus online of fighting between what appear to be Catholic factions. As, basically, a newcomer I am distressed. It all seems so trivial and one of the things that drove me out of Protestantism was incessant bickering. Are we not called to unity? Surely it is sufficient that we share One Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary and the Mass? As we work out our salvation in fear and trembling … Continue reading Struggles or Why Fight?

Councillors urged to support Ayrshire’s Catholics by rejecting moves to remove voting rights for church reps on East Ayrshire Council’s education committee

20 September 2019 Catholics in Ayrshire are being urged to fight a proposal intended to strip the Catholic community of its voting rights on East Ayrshire Council’s Education Committee. The Bishop of Galloway, Bishop William Nolan wants them to urge local councillors to support Ayrshire’s Catholic community and vote against any such moves to ensure its schools catholic ethos is maintained. He warned that if the proposal to remove voting rights from church reps, advanced by the National Secular Society and the Humanist Society Scotland was passed, it would “would weaken the Church’s voice and would do nothing to enhance … Continue reading Councillors urged to support Ayrshire’s Catholics by rejecting moves to remove voting rights for church reps on East Ayrshire Council’s education committee

A Confession

This going to be hard to write. Health is not with me today and my thoughts are less than focussed. When I was a Conservative Evangelical Clergyman the rules were the rules. Harsh judgement on all those who had hardened their hearts to sin and The Bible. There was little in the way of gentle love or forgiveness and for a while I bought into this semi fundamentalist approach. I wasn’t kind or gentle and I am thoroughly ashamed of the coldness of heart that goes with Calvinism. I feel guilt to this very day about how wrong I was … Continue reading A Confession

Bishop urges Scots to care for the environment and protect ‘Our Common Home’

Campaigners from across Scotland’s eight Catholic dioceses will gather in St Stephen’s Centre in Glasgow on Saturday 21st of September for a ‘Day of Reflection’ on the environment and climate change. The Conference will urge Scots to answer the call of Pope Francis to ‘care for our common home’ and will hear from keynote speaker Dr Lorna Gold, vice-chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement. It is the culmination of a year of events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Justice and Peace Scotland. Ahead of the Conference, Bishop William Nolan, President of Justice and Peace Scotland, said: “In His … Continue reading Bishop urges Scots to care for the environment and protect ‘Our Common Home’

Show kindness to one another Archbishop urges Barlinnie inmates

The relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux which have been in Scotland since Thursday 29th of August, as part of a three-week tour of Scotland’s eight Catholic dioceses, arrived at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow today, Monday 16th September. The relics arrived at HMP Barlinnie, one of Scotland’s largest prisons at 2.00pm on 16th September where Archbishop Philip Tartaglia celebrated a Mass for staff and inmates. In his homily, the Archbishop urged inmates to follow the example of St. Therese and to “do little things, little acts of goodness here and there throughout the day that in the end make a … Continue reading Show kindness to one another Archbishop urges Barlinnie inmates

The Day I Long For

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 Feeling particularly battered today by my various illnesses. This is true of my major depressive order which today has me crippled with anxiety so that I can barely breath. There is no external cause for this at all. I just feel crushed by it. I run to God, the Blessed Virgin and my saints. I seek comfort and peace but find none so I offer … Continue reading The Day I Long For

Sunday Musings

How I miss not being able to attend church at least on a Sunday. However that is now my housebound life so I just have to suck it up. Thank goodness for the way the Lord hearing my prayer led me to find Churchservices.tv what a joy filled blessing that has been I settled into one parish where I go daily. I read all about the parish and support them practically as well. All this in addition to the excellent care from my actual parish. Many years ago now knowing I wasn’t getting better but worse I found the Lord … Continue reading Sunday Musings