About

I am a married Catholic in my mid-50s, with three children and I read recently that it is said that the brain starts to slow down at the age of 45, so it’s time I started to use it! After more 30 years in the public service I am now able to devote time to writing, something that I have always wanted to do. After contemplating various courses, I took the advice of a friend who said the only way to write is to put pen to paper!

So, okay, this isn’t paper, but the New Media is a wondeful place to write. Tweets allow 140 characters of thought to be published across the world in seconds, and blogs proivide an opportunity for a little more depth and discussion. The original title of this blog Catholic Charismatic was inspired by a paper written by Ralph Martin Charismatic and Contemplative: What Would John of the Cross Say? I find that, having been brought up as a child in the pre-Vatican II Church, I really only developed a relationship with Jesus Christ as an adult after coming into contact with the Charismatic Renewal. However, not wanting to take anything at face value, I read much on the Renewal, from Cardinal Suenens to Charles Whitehead.

In 2007 I embarked on a Master’s degree in Theology with the University of Wales, Trinity St David. The title of my dissertation was: The Contribution of the Charismatic Renewal Movement to the Catholic Church: An Evaluation. That allowed me to read widely and contemplate deeply on the subject. I graduated in June 2011 and I have completed my first book Spark of Light about the Catholic Charismatic Renewal which is currently being considered by a publisher. I am now starting work on a second book about evangelisation which has the working title Believe, Repent, Wait, Go!. Please pray that the Holy Spirit inspires my writing and the prospective publisher!

Whilst I am still touched by Charismatic Renewal and its enthusiasm, this is really only a small part of my faith, a part which re-ignited my relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraged me to read the scriptures, to attend Mass more often and to pray more regularly. Leaders of Catholic Charismatic Renewal were recently reminded by Pope Francis to ‘adore God: this is the foundation! To adore God. Seek sanctity in the new life of the Holy Spirit. Be dispensers of the grace of God. Avoid the danger of excessive organisation’. There is far more to the Catholic faith with over 2,000 years of tradition, including the early fathers of the Church which I need to explore.

So, the intention of this blog is simply to share my faith through the New Media. All  the thoughts are my own though I try to ensure that they are in keeping with the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church. If I stray, please point out my errors gently and so I can correct them.

There are more details on the New Evagelisation page which provide my motivation, but simply put, in a world where secular priorities are put before Christ, there is a need to reach out to others and bring them the Light of Christ who is the ‘way, the truth and the life’ (John 14:6).

Do feel free to comment and even if you disagree, please do so with charity.

God bless you for visiting.

4 thoughts on “About”

  1. I went to a seminar on Memory and the Aging Brain. The talk was for health professionals (I’m a RN) and we saw pictures of brain decline after age 45. Use it or lose it. Blogging is great flexing the grey matter 😉 I like the video you posted for Sacred Heart of Jesus. In our home, we will be praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with evening Rosary.

  2. gassmarshall184 said:

    Great that I came across your blog here. I’m have recently published a few books and hopefully by the years end publish the 7 I’ve written ( http://www.marshallgass.com). The one I’m writing now is about Contemplation and the new generation. Yes, I did come across the article you referred to.It was great.
    I’ve just purchased Thomas Merton’s lectures and am deeply engrossed in what he is saying. Just fascinating and uplifting. I remember reading Seeds of Contemplation first some 40 years ago and have re-read it dozens of times, unable to let go or digest the deep messages in that slim volume. Now after forty years I take it up as a lodestone for my new work.
    I wish there was some way I could read. share. access or receive some of your notes and resources to encourage my own writing. I would be grateful and honoured.
    more details about me me can be found on http://www.amazon.com/author/marshallgass.
    My personal email is gassmarshall184@gmail.com
    Pleasure reading your blog.
    Marshall.

  3. #Reasons to Believe in Jesus

    Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook.
    > Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

    > Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

    > And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

    Sartre speaks of the “passion of man,” not the passion of Christians. He is acknowledging that all religions east and west believe there is a transcendental reality and that perfect fulfillment comes from being united with this reality after we die. He then defines this passion with a reference to Christian doctrine which means he is acknowledging the historical reasons for believing in Jesus. He does not deny God exists. He is only saying the concept of God is contradictory. He then admits that since life ends in the grave, it has no meaning.

    From the title of the book, you can see that Nagel understands that humans are embodied sprits and that the humans soul is spiritual. He says, however, that dualism and idealism are “traditional” alternatives to materialism. Dualism and idealism are just bright ideas from Descartes and Berkeley. The traditional alternative to materialism is monism. According to Thomas Aquinas unity is the transcendental property of being. Campbell does not even grasp the concept of monism. The only theories he grasps are dualism and materialism.

    If all atheists were like Sartre, it would be an obstacle to faith. An important reason to believe in Jesus is that practically all atheists are like Nagel and Campbell, not like Sartre.

    by David Roemer
    347-417-4703
    http://www.newevangelization.info

  4. Robert Hartenstein said:

    is there a place where I can purchase some prints of Jesus in a secluded place…the one featured in this blog?

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