In the world today we can observe and experience many examples of authority abused and exercised without humility and wisdom.Thankfully, there are also many good examples, where authority is prudently understood as a precious and fragile gift, given on trust.
The Gospel reveals that there will be a time of reckoning, when Christ our Universal King will come again in judgement. Exactly when this will happen is not to be our concern, and we should not be afraid. Instead, as the people of God and the sheep of His fold, our calling is to constantly pray and work for the things of the Kingdom. And we will hear at mass that these include truth and life, holiness and grace, justice, love and peace.
Let us use this feast to dedicate ourselves, and our families and loved ones, to Christ our King and to his loving mission. Let us do this with renewed zeal and a heartfelt desire to resemble Him in word and deed.
Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us….We are Yours and Yours we wish to be…..Grant, O Lord, to Your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give tranquillity of order to all nations; make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation, to it be glory and honour for ever. Amen.
(From the Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ the King)
...But the dead made their own demands impossible to refuse. So writes Kamila Shamsie in her novel Home Fire. How could it be otherwise? For better or worse we are marked by the lives of those who have died and gone before us on the journey of life and faith. Parents, grandparents, children, family and friends. They are all part of who we are, what has made us, shaped us.
In November we pray for those who have died and are still in need of our prayers. We all die with unfinished business. There are those who have sinned against us. We may still find it hard to forgive them - even as we come to have some insight into the reasons in their own lives that help us understand their own limitations.
In our prayers and Masses in November we pray particularly for those who, though dead to this world, may have unfinished business with us and God.
We call that process purgatory.
We pray that they, and we, may have eternal rest and peace.
Mgr Jim Curry
Some authorities record that there are 613 commandments in the Law of the Old Testament. The question of which one was the greatest was frequently discussed. Jesus was asked to name one. He responded by naming two. Because for him the second flowed from the first. Loving God and our neighbour.
This last week saw the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. The Bishops of England, Wales and Scotland have issued a statement and asked for prayers. The statement is available at the back of the church and online at http://catholicnews.org.uk/Home/News/50-Years-of-the-Abortion-Act/Joint-Statement-on-Abortion
The bishops remind us that “the complex conditions in which a woman finds herself pregnant and may consider having an abortion may limit the exercise of freedom and diminish moral culpability. When abortion is the choice made by a woman, the unfailing mercy of God and the promise of forgiveness through the sacrament of reconciliation are always available….
Many professionals too face the challenge that respect for conscientious objection against abortion has been eroded. Personal conscience is inviolable and nobody should be forced to act against his or her properly informed conscience on these matters”. Please do read the statement and reflect on its message.
Mgr Jim C