There is a very tricky area of modern thinking that we have to look at, and that is what I hear said all the time: ‘We all worship the same God.’ The implication here is that the different understandings of God are purely external, like clothing, so to speak, and that underneath, God is the same. The same God for Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims.
There are two issues here. The first is respect. In our world we are increasingly mixed together with people of different cultures and religions. We have learned to respect one another, and that is an entirely good thing. None of us I hope would be hostile or aggressive towards another religion or culture. This is more than just good manners. I think that we recognize that goodness, holiness, generosity and kindness know no barriers of faith. There are good people (and bad) among the followers of every religion. May God preserve us from a ‘holier than thou’ attitude. But does this mean that every religion...
One of early the signs that Nazi Germany was evil came with its campaign to rid the country of the disable. They were deemed to be a 'drain' on resources. In addition they were considered to be of poor genetic stock, which eugenicists wanted removed. Eugenics believes that we can ‘breed’ an improved human race, rather like the breeding of cattle. And so, in the late 1930s, many of the German disabled were quietly put to death.
It couldn't happen again, of course. And yet … many countries have abortion. One of the side-effects of easy abortion is a prejudice towards disability. If disability is detected in the womb, there is the suggestion that the child should be eliminated. I wonder what this says about our attitude to people with disabilities? Does it say we would rather they were not among us? More generally, scale, many countries prefer an 'out of sight, out of mind' approach to the disabled. They are cared for well enou...
There are two ways of looking at the world in the Bible. One tells us that the world is a terrible place. The other tells us that the world is a wonderful place. Both are true, and we have to understand this and keep them together.
First the tradition that the world is a terrible place. This comes through quite clearly in today’s second reading, for example, where in the letter of James we hear that pure religion means ‘keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world’. That word ‘uncontaminated’ is quite strong, isn’t it? It says that the world is a place of pollution, that the world will make us spiritually ill if we allow it to do so. It’s a reference to the world created by jealous, greedy, selfish human beings, who will satisfy themselves without thinking about what is good for others.
What about the other tradition that the world is a wonderful place? If you read the creation story in Genesis then you will see that every...
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Benediction: Thursday 10.30 am,
Saturday at 5.30 pm
Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, and Mary Myles.
Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £ 1016.94
The funeral Mass of the late Filomena Di Trolio will be here on Thursday 6th September at 10 am, followed by burial at St Pancras Cemetery. May she rest in peace.
Large Hall refurbishment
Fr Terry writes: We have had some delays. I had hoped for an opening date of Sunday 2nd Sept, but we have now adjusted this to Sunday 9th Sept.
Finchley Catholic High School Open Evening 11th September 2018
Finchley Catholic High School are holding their annual Open Evening for prospective parents on 11th September from 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm. For further information, please contact the school on 0208 445 0105.