Nick Benson

OTHER NEWS

Far too many homeless people still not safely housed, say charities

"Far too many" homeless people are still on the streets, in shelters and hostels, despite the Government aiming to have all rough sleepers safely housed by last weekend. Last week the Government asked local authorities to do everything to "get everyone in" by the end...

Pope encourages Catholics to contemplate ‘seven sorrows’ of Mary

On the Friday before Holy Week, Pope Francis asked people to keep a long tradition of Catholic piety by focusing on "the suffering and sorrows of Our Lady." "Honour Our Lady and say, 'This is my mother,' because she is mother. This is the title that she received from...

Let’s get back to nature

Top gardening influencer Ellen Mary reveals how families can reconnect with nature in their own garden. By Hannah Stephenson. If you’re lucky enough to have your own garden, there’s lots of ways you and your family could enjoy it – and connect with nature and benefit...

How to make the most from your daily exercise

The government has announced strict new measures for tackling coronavirus. Now in lockdown in an effort to beat the virus, Boris Johnson announced last week that we are only allowed to leave the house for the following reasons: Shopping for basic necessities One form...

A Tribute to Kenny Rogers

The Music Scene pays tribute to the legendary Kenny Rogers… US singer Kenny Rogers spanned folk, psychedelic rock and country music across a six decade career. However, running throughout was a thread of story telling and complex characters, from the paralysed Vietnam...

Christmas message 2019 from the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles

One statement which I don’t like is “Christmas is all about the kids.” It’s something that I often hear at this time of year. Now don’t get me wrong – I absolutely loved Christmas as a child and each year I find myself reliving many cherished memories. Now as an adult, I love seeing the excitement and joy of today’s children. So what’s my issue?

My problem is that by equating Christmas only for children we have reduced Christmas to presents, parties, lights and food. Now again, I love the Christmas atmosphere of people coming together and having fun. But wonderful as partying is, is this all that there is to Christmas? So what are we celebrating? It is good that family and friends gather together for fun but is there nothing more to Christmas?

Without a doubt, Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year. Christmas reveals that we are precious. At the first Christmas God took on human flesh to make us like God. Jesus loved us so much he was born in the stable to redeem us. From that moment, God would be with us in a new way. We would never be alone.

Christmas is a special time for everyone. I hope that we all can enjoy its social moments but even more the beauty of encountering the love of Jesus in our hearts. Jesus was born for us all and so I wish each one of you, young and old, a happy and holy Christmas!

+Brian McGee
Bishop of Argyll and the Isles

Share

OTHER NEWS

Far too many homeless people still not safely housed, say charities

"Far too many" homeless people are still on the streets, in shelters and hostels, despite the Government aiming to have all rough sleepers safely housed by last weekend. Last week the Government asked local authorities to do everything to "get everyone in" by the end...

Pope encourages Catholics to contemplate ‘seven sorrows’ of Mary

On the Friday before Holy Week, Pope Francis asked people to keep a long tradition of Catholic piety by focusing on "the suffering and sorrows of Our Lady." "Honour Our Lady and say, 'This is my mother,' because she is mother. This is the title that she received from...

Let’s get back to nature

Top gardening influencer Ellen Mary reveals how families can reconnect with nature in their own garden. By Hannah Stephenson. If you’re lucky enough to have your own garden, there’s lots of ways you and your family could enjoy it – and connect with nature and benefit...

How to make the most from your daily exercise

The government has announced strict new measures for tackling coronavirus. Now in lockdown in an effort to beat the virus, Boris Johnson announced last week that we are only allowed to leave the house for the following reasons: Shopping for basic necessities One form...

A Tribute to Kenny Rogers

The Music Scene pays tribute to the legendary Kenny Rogers… US singer Kenny Rogers spanned folk, psychedelic rock and country music across a six decade career. However, running throughout was a thread of story telling and complex characters, from the paralysed Vietnam...