By Diocesan John
AND THEN MANY WILL FALL AWAY; PEOPLE WILL BETRAY ONE ANOTHER AND HATE ONE ANOTHER , MANY FALSE PROPHETS WILL ARISE, THEY WILL DECEIVE MANY, AND WITH THE INCREASE OF LAWLESSNESS, LOVE IN MOST PEOPLE WILL GROW COLD, BUT ANYONE WHO STANDS FIRM TO THE END WILL BE SAVED. MATTHEW 10 – 13
The above scripture is usually one we skip over because we think it is all about the end times and of course has nothing to do with today. We would rather not think of the growing hatred and terrorism in our society. We would rather forget the hatred shown towards those who care for the unborn child or for anyone who upholds that marriage is between a man and a woman. And of course there is the growing hatred that develop within marriage causing misery and hurt to millions of children – of course we should not think of the children they get through it, of course they do. There is the growing problem of girls becoming single mothers as a result of the breakdown of love and a turning from God and His Commandments. More children are then hurt. And need I go into the Political scene? What happens is that the more we turn form the truth into lawlessness love begins to die and there are now thousands around us who feel unloved and unwanted. Love has grown cold.
But then this is the age of Prophets as some in the Catholic Church try to tell us. Have you hears what so and so is saying, people who oppose the Church become cult figures. They tell us that sin is not really important, that we just follow our conscience and God will forget our lives if we give to the poor, they say everything we want to hear so that we can sin and feel good about ourselves or the others who sin. They take control of parishes and destroy Catholic practices with a the disdainful remark “You are living in the Past, this is a Church for the 21st Century”
I have tried my best to stand firm Lord. as have many others. I trust in your mercy that we will be saved.
The Portsmouth Diocese Pastoral Areas are to be named after Saints. St Agatha’s falls under the Saint Wilfred Pastoral Area though we are not under Diocesan jurisdiction.
Blessed Dominic Barberi Deanery, Central and East Berkshire
(Great Park, Reading and South Berkshire Pastoral Areas)
Blessed John Body Deanery, North Hampshire
(Northeast Hampshire and Northwest Hampshire Pastoral Areas)
Blessed John Henry Newman Deanery, Central Hampshire
(Bordon & Petersfield, Hampshire Downs and Three Rivers Pastoral Areas)
Saint Edmund Campion Deanery, Old Berkshire
(North Downs, Thames Isis and West Berkshire Pastoral Areas)
Saints Helier and Sampson Deanery, the Channel Islands
(Bailiwick of Guernsey and Jersey Pastoral Areas)
Saint John XXIII Deanery, West Solent
(Avon Stour, Bournemouth and New Forest Pastoral Areas)
Saint Wilfrid Deanery, Southeast Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
(Havant, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Solent Pastoral Areas)
Stella Maris Deanery, Southampton
(Southampton Central and West and Southampton East Pastoral Areas)
Bishop Egan writes…
I have recently written to Cardinal Nichols to express our shock, our horror and our sadness at the terrible fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower in West London, and to express through him our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers for the residents of that tower block who were killed or injured and who have lost their homes in the disaster. On Sunday, the Feast of Corpus Christi, I offered Mass for the repose of the victims, for the recovery of the injured, and for all families and friends affected by the tragedy, praying too for the emergency services in their rescue work and for the comfort of all the bereaved.
Please continue to remember all those involved in your prayers.