Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Day of Cloistered Religious

The Holy Father calls on us to remember contemplative nuns both in our prayers and in our pockets:

"At the same time, I renew my invitation to all Christians to not forget to give cloistered monasteries the necessary spiritual and material support. Indeed, we owe so much to these people who devote themselves entirely to prayer for the Church and for the world!"

Here in the Southwest we have a contemplative community of nuns called the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in St Mawgan, Cornwall. In the following video clip they are appealing for help.

It is easy to forget the needs of such communities that embrace a life of evangelical poverty for our sake and who depend on our generosity. Hearing the Holy Father's request, perhaps we should consider making a gift to this community?

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

State of the Ordinariate Address in the USA

The following video is of the Ordinary of the Chair of St Peter, Mgr Steenson, giving the "State of the Ordinariate" address to the US Conference of Bishops. It is followed by questions asked by bishops. It is well worth watching.

The least surprising headline!

"Pope's third book on Jesus reaffirms virgin birth"

Surely this has to be the least surprising headline around at the moment?

Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary Georg Ganswein poses with a copy of the Pope's book "The Childhood of Jesus" during a presentation in Vatican November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi Devotees of Pope Benedict's two volumes on Jesus of Nazareth will be pleased to hear of the publishing of the third and final volume: The infancy narratives: Jesus of Nazareth.

No doubt it will be another international bestseller, but there will be no prizes for guessing that the Holy Father supports the teaching of the church, i.e. he supports the truth of the Virgin Birth!

 More here. 

DAY NINE (Eve of Pentecost)