Lenten Meditations: Saturday 4 April

Apr 4, 2020 by

Sat April 4 am: 137, 144 pm: 42, 43 Exod 10:21-11:8 2 Cor 4:13-18 Mark 10:46-52   FIFTH SATURDAY  IN LENT – St. Isidore of Seville, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, 636 LITURGICAL THEME FOR THE DAY: Today we remember, Saint Isidore born in Cartagena of a devout family who with his brother Leander both served consecutively as bishops of Seville in a time of conflict and growth for the Church in Spain. As the Dark Ages began to touch parts of Europe with the barbarian invasions, the...

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Norman Wells (56), director of Family Education Trust, dies from COVID-19

Apr 4, 2020 by

Norman Wells, 56, has died due to coronavirus. Our thoughts are with his wife Nicola and family. Colin Hart of the Christian Institute writes: “Norman had been Director of the Family Education Trust (FET) since 2004, and worked with Civitas before that. FET Trustee, Dr Trevor Stammers, said “To me the most striking thing about him was his dogged persistence. Government ministers and civil servants couldn’t stonewall Norman. I often visited his home for committee meetings. He had the...

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LGBT activist helped mastermind UK bishops’ order to shut down churches, going beyond govt order

Apr 4, 2020 by

by Paul Smeaton, LifeSite: The spokesperson for the Catholic Church in England who explained to the UK government why churches should be closed due to the coronavirus, despite the government originally saying churches should remain open, has a history of supporting and promoting the LGBT agenda, LifeSite has learned. Professor Jim McManus, a member of the healthcare reference group for the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, helped prepare the bishops’ coronavirus guidance and, according to...

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Coping with Death

Apr 3, 2020 by

By Dr Elaine Sugden It appears that no health service in the world is going to be able to cope adequately with COVID-19. In the UK most deaths have been among those already frail from old age or chronic illness. A few were young and in apparently good health. They died in hospital, alone apart from medical staff because no visitors are allowed. After death the body is sealed, no one can view the body. No funerals are allowed, just a cremation or burial. Bravado In the face of any illness some...

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CI News: 3 April 2020

Apr 3, 2020 by

from The Christian Institute: In the news this week: The Government performs a dangerous U-turn on home abortions, the Christian Institute backs a church minister punished for his biblical beliefs, and Holyrood halts its plans to make it much easier to change legal sex. You can download the video via this link. Featured stories Home abortions U-turn CI backs church minister punished by hotel over marriage beliefs Over 90s should not ‘clog up’ NHS, says former chief adviser Scot Govt puts...

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Socially Distancing from Everyone but God

Apr 3, 2020 by

by Tony Perkins, FRC: If God is trying to get people’s attention, a new Pew poll says He’s succeeding. Turns out, the coronavirus hasn’t just impacted people’s lives, it’s led to a growing outbreak of faith. Almost everyone agrees that the pandemic is significantly changing how they act. They don’t feel comfortable in crowds, they avoid parties, and they’re trying to stay away from places like restaurants. But it’s what Americans are doing...

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A Day to Fast and Pray: Saturday, April 4

Apr 3, 2020 by

By Julius Kim, The Gospel Coalition: […] Billions across the world have watched with dread as COVID-19 continues to spread—infecting hundreds of thousands and greatly disrupting the lives of most of the world’s population. Much has already been lost, and the uncertainty of what more can be lost—and when it will stop—leaves people deeply anxious. For many, the scariest feeling of all is helplessness. But we worship a mighty and sovereign God who is not helpless. We cry out to him in our...

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The Week that Changed the World

Apr 3, 2020 by

from Walkway Books: Following in the steps of Jesus from Palm Sunday to Easter Day The story of ‘holy week’ retold by Dr Peter Walker in 12 instalments: an ideal audio-companion for the first ‘underground’ Holy Week for 1,650 years! Christians have celebrated ‘Holy Week’, remembering the dramatic events of Jesus’ life between Palm Sunday and Easter Day, ever since the middle of the fourth century AD—when the idea was invented by Bishop Cyril of Jerusalem (bishop from AD 348-384). This year,...

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Pro-abortion World Health Organization has prepared for years to exploit a pandemic

Apr 3, 2020 by

from SPUC: “The pro-abortion World Health Organization (WHO) has been preparing for years to exploit a pandemic”, says John Smeaton, SPUC Chief Executive, responding to a WHO spokesperson labelling abortion an “essential service” even when COVID-19 is claiming thousands of lives. Speaking to 5,000 people online on 27 March, Dr Antonella Lavalanet, Medical Officer in the WHO’s “Maternal and Perinatal Health & Preventing Unsafe Abortion Team”, said, in accordance with new WHO guidelines,...

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Coronavirus and the Kingdom of God: we reap what we sow

Apr 3, 2020 by

by Graham Wood, Archbisop Cranmer: This is the 10th contribution to His Grace’s emergency team ministry during the coronavirus pestilence. It comes from Graham Wood, an ex-police local government officer, now retired, and author of Israel: Land of Promise or Promise of Land?. What is the relevance of the coronavirus crisis to the Kingdom of God? There must be many Christians who will be thinking about the above question: how to make sense of the coronavirus pandemic which is both a deadly...

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