Pastor's Desk: Third Sunday of Lent

Posted 7th March 2015 in Pastor's Desk

Ten CommandmentsIt is hard to believe that the Ten Commandments were written some 3,500 years ago. Moses received the two tablets of stone which bore the Commandments from God and they have been the foundation of civilised society for Jews and Christians ever since. The beauty of the Commandments is their simplicity. In a clear way they emphasise the centrality of God in the lives of all who follow them and then they tell us to think of others and their needs rather than suit ourselves.

Secular society today denies there is a supreme being such as God at all and therefore each person centres themselves not on God, but on themselves. What is good or bad is no longer decided externally but how by “I” feel about it. Likewise how I treat others is no longer dictated by morals agreed by all but by me and my happiness. The name given to this kind of thinking is “relativism” and it is something that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has spoken about at length. Good and bad, right and wrong, are decided by how it is experienced relative to each individual, not by a moral code external to the individual.

The Ten Commandments are still the best moral code for Christian living and, as we examine our conscience this Lent, we should use them as a ruler to see how we measure up.

Novena of Grace

The Novena of Grace Masses in honour of St Francis Xavier are being enjoyed very much by those attending them. The Masses continue until Thursday evening. Click here for a list of the remaining speakers, or see the noticeboards at the church doors. There will be refreshments for the entire congregation on our last night, this Thursday evening.

Fr. Eoin

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