Reflections

Queuing for Heaven

One of the most expensive department stores holds a sale and shoppers form a queue. The most ardent bargain hunters bring sleeping bags and queue overnight. Other shoppers arrive five minutes before the sale. When the store finally opens the doors the queue surges forward in a frenzy. Shoppers ‘push in’ from every direction greedy for the bargains. Does this make us cross? Of course

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If Forgiveness Was Infectious

“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.” Just imagine what sort of world we would live in if this simple statement could become a reality. Imagine feeling the relief of being forgiven for our sins and in turn, forgiving those who had sinned against us. Imagine the same people forgiving those who had sinned against them and so on

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Accepting our Crosses

Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great    suffering and death at the hands of the     elders, chief priests and scribes. Peter took Jesus aside, “This must never happen to you,” he said. Surely Peter only had Jesus’ best interests at heart. Imagine how mortified he must have felt to hear Jesus reply, “Get  behind me Satan! You

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Follow Your Heart

It’s a sad truth that those who walk free from court aren’t necessarily innocent. Sometimes the man or woman who walks free from court simply has the better solicitor.  Lawyers do a good and valuable job, but it has to be said that some lawyers take more pride in finding legal loopholes than the truth. In today’s gospel reading Jesus invites us to consider that

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Salt of the Earth

Today Jesus gives his disciples a compliment. If we live by our faith we his disciples will become the salt of the earth and the light of the world. But the compliment comes with a warning! If the salt loses its taste it is worthless, and if we hide the light underneath a bowl it fails to serve its purpose. Sounds silly doesn't it? Why

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Pope’s Prayer Intention for February 2020

Listen to the Migrants’ Cries. People across the globe are on the move, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. It is a situation ripe for exploitation by traffickers and people-smugglers whose   callousness was illustrated last year in the case of the 39 Vietnamese people who died of suffocation in a refrigerated lorry heading for the UK. Pope Francis has made the plight of refugees and migrants

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