26 May 2015

Some web browsing..............

In his homily for Pentecost Sunday Pope Francis said: ''The world needs men and women who are not closed in on themselves, but filled with the Holy Spirit... The world needs the courage, hope, faith and perseverance of Christ’s followers. The world needs the fruits of the Holy Spirit: 'love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control' (Gal 5:22)." May the gifts of the Holy Spirit bear fruit in your life today and always.

Here is one suggestion of 50 things every man should be able to do.

The challenges of presenting the christian understanding of marriage presented in "What is marriage to evangelical millennials?

Modern public debate can be crude, vulgar and often comes across as being a dialogue of the deaf shouting past each other. So Carl Truman writes in praise of the dying art of civil disagreement.

In light of the Irish referendum result, the faithful must charitably but firmly engage in robust public debates on marriage, family and society - Sheila Liaugminas

The Irish Church’s failures have caused its people to choose secularism over faith - Mary O'Regan

Muslim daughters influence father's journey to priesthood

Cardinal Donald Wuerl discusses Being Catholic Today: Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge 

Papal authority and Climate change - as we head into the summer and the approaching publication date of Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and climate change there is a lot of disquiet and opposition growing in certain quarters of the church - before we even see a word of the encyclical! 

Millennial writer Daniel DiLeo has a new article at US Catholic
Other articles which have caught our eye in relation to it:

The Jesuit Post - Pope Francis’s Ecology Encyclical – What Can We Expect?
Thinking Faith - Donal Dorr - ‘The fragile world’: Church teaching on ecology before and by Pope Francis
Crux - Pro-life anxiety over Pope Francis’ looming ecological manifesto
Catholic Herald - There’s no need to fear Pope Francis’s environment encyclical
NCR - Conservative corners have tepid take on Pope Francis' environment encyclical
The Guardian - How will the world react to Pope Francis's encyclical on climate change?
NCR - The Rollout of the Encyclical on the Environment

Beautiful, just beautiful: a wedding picture worth a thousand words - Photo of Marine Praying With Bride-to-Be Goes Viral.

As members of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim community flee the Southeast Asian nation by boat, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo exhorted the nation’s Buddhist majority to have compassion.

Give God full access - Mags Blackie recently became aware of a pattern of behavior through prayer and she found it liberating. In the tradition of “Pray as you can, and not as you can’t,” she encourages: What we need to do is to give God full access. To open ourselves to the grace of God. Any prayer method can get us there, it is the intention that is important. What we discover may not always be pretty, but it will lead to freedom.

The New Yorker - Journey to Jihadi