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The works of CS Lewis direct both young and old to God

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 No Comments

Emily Black on why children’s stories are not just for kids

As a child, I read CS Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia with wonder, and as an adult I often return to the magical world he created. Through Lewis’ ­writing, the reader experiences a ­remarkably vivid image of the Pevensie children entering Narnia: a wardrobe door is opened, and we step... read more


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Without the ­Resurrection, everything else is meaningless

Posted on: September 20th, 2019 No Comments

There are lots of lessons to be learned from the present crisis in the Church, but the ­theological heart must be the Resurrection, says Fr Jamie McMorrin

Napoleon Bonaparte is supposed to have instructed his officers: “Never admit a mistake and never retreat.” He wasn’t a bishop, and those under his command weren’t priests. As a priest, by contrast, the Church makes sure I own up to my ­mistakes—‘to almighty God and to you, my brothers and... read more


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Forefathers who built our parishes gave true sacrifice and service: we should remember them

Posted on: September 6th, 2019 No Comments

We can learn much from those who have gone before us, while looking forward to a flourishing future, says Fr Jamie McMorrin

Back in June, as the long, sunny days of summer stretched out before us, the priests of my diocese gathered with our archbishop for two ordinations, to celebrate with two men setting out on the great adventure of the priesthood. Earlier this week, as the days grow shorter and the leaves... read more


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The humility of Christ can heal a dark and divided America

Posted on: September 6th, 2019 No Comments

Brandon McGinley’s letter from America explores what it is about Jesus Christ that will appeal to a society exhausted by exploitation

It’s a strange and unsettling time in America. Mass shootings have become commonplace, to the point where the natural reaction to the news of another is a resigned, ‘oh, again.’ Each one initiates a new wave of political and often racial recriminations as blame gets lobbed around like a stink bomb... read more


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Humour can be a unifying, healing force that bridges divides

Posted on: June 28th, 2019 No Comments

Brandon McGinley finds laughter helps despite the troubles we face.

Heaven and hell are serious business. Souls are on the line every moment of every day. A single mortal sin breaks our relationship with God—permanently, if we refuse to accept His invitations to return to Him. And a single kind word might be the hook God uses to pull a lost... read more


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Searching for the path laid out by the Lord

Posted on: June 28th, 2019 No Comments

As Scotland welcomes the first of ten men to become priests this year, Fr Jamie McMorrin reflects on his own journey to the priesthood

A few days ago, I celebrated the third anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. At risk of being accused of having a ‘Messiah complex,’ I note with some trepidation that our Lord, at aged 33 and after three years of ministry, had already ‘accomplished all that the Father had... read more


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Jesus can heal our broken hearts

Posted on: June 21st, 2019 No Comments

Not all wounds are visible, and injuries to the heart cut deeper than those of the flesh, writes Fr Michael Kane.

Last Saturday I celebrated a Mass for the Sick in our parish, which also included the Sacrament of Anointing. These are always very special occasions, when many of our sick and housebound parishioners make the extra effort to come to Church and to ask for the Lord’s strength and healing. Naturally, most... read more


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Inside Scotland’s ‘barbaric’ detention centre

Posted on: June 7th, 2019 No Comments

Refugees who have been denied asylum in the UK are held at the Dungavel Removal Centre near Strathaven. We hear from the Catholic activists protesting outside, and visiting those held inside.

Margaret McGowan “Dungavel is built as prison system. It is not a detention centre. That is the first thing you should know." These are the words of Makielokele Nzelengi Daly, who fled war-torn Angola with his wife and was held at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre for a month in 2005. Dungavel is a... read more


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We need Catholic leaders unafraid to speak the truth

Posted on: June 7th, 2019 by Rebecca Rigg No Comments

Bishop Devine represented the best of the hierarchy by preaching the authentic Gospel
— By Fr Michael Kane

Last Monday I attended the Requiem Mass of the late Bishop Joseph Devine, the bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Motherwell. Bishop Devine is remembered as a strong and outspoken Catholic leader who gave 30 years of service to our diocese as our bishop. The fact that so many people, from all... read more


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Keeping Faith despite a crisis in the Church

Posted on: May 31st, 2019 No Comments

Professor Janet Smith, Professor of Moral Theology at the Sacred Heart Major seminary in Detroit, explains why our Faith matters more than ever amid the abuse crisis

The sex-abuse scandal has led many to lose their Faith, and as we learn more about the extent and nature of the corruption, many more will be tempted to leave. Those of us who are ‘red-pilled’ need to be cautious about how much we share with those who are not... read more




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