While many Catholics don’t attend church these days, there was a time they would still baptise their children. But are those days numbered? Is this sacrament still important to Catholic parents? Melanie Dooner offers an insight into why baptism is vital to our faith journey.
Many parents today could empathise with the father asking each of his two sons to work in their vineyard. It is not an unreasonable request. Presumably their livelihood relies on the income from the vineyard, and the father speaks not harshly but with affection, “My boy, you go and work in the vineyard today.”
French author Victor Hugo (1805-1882) wrote, “A library is an act of faith.”
I joined my local library at about the age of ten. I clearly remember walking into the children’s section, which was something like a large walk-in wardrobe, and being overwhelmed by the floor to ceiling books. I chose two; one was by Eleanor Farjeon.
A wandering preacher’s violent execution by a long-gone empire a couple thousand years ago is the salvation of the world? That eccentric rabbi is the king of heaven and earth? Are you joking? He said what? It is more blessed to give than to receive? He taught who will inherit the earth? Everybody knows what happens to the meek: they lose. Every time. If I strike you, and you turn the other cheek, I won. Right?
RU OK Day will be held tomorrow. This is one mother’s personal experience of loneliness and how she fought to overcome it.
My iPhone buzzed. I looked down at the text message on the glowing blue screen. The words took a moment to sink in. It was like being back in primary school and discovering you hadn’t been invited to your friend’s sleepover, only worse.