Sunday January 27th. 2013 Charity registration No. SC002876   Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Main Menu Justice and Peace collection £166 Thank you for the recent collection for the Scottish organisation of Justice and Peace which came to £166. Recently, Pope Benedict spoke to members of the Italian Police  about Justice and Peace. He said: Justice is not a mere human convention. When, in the name of supposed justice, the criteria of utility, profit, and material possession come to dominate, the value and dignity of human beings can be trampled underfoot. Justice is a virtue which guides the human will, prompting us to give others what is due to them by reason of their existence and their actions. Likewise, peace is not the mere absence of war, or the result of man's actions to avoid conflict; it is, above all, a gift of God which must be implored with faith, and which has the way to its fulfilment in Jesus. True peace must be constructed day after day with compassion, solidarity, fraternity, and collaboration on everyone's part. Victory for Justice and Peace organisations as Strasbourg Court  rules Cross ban did infringe BA worker's rights In October 2006, Nadia Eweida, a Christian employee of British Airways, was asked to cover up a tiny cross necklace, and was placed on unpaid leave when she refused either to do so or to accept a position where she did not have to cover it up. She was wearing the necklace on the outside of her uniform, contravening BA's uniform policy for jewellery. Eweida planned to sue the airline for religious discrimination. Some Christian groups accused British Airways of double standards, as Sikh and Muslim employees are not prevented from wearing religious garments at work, since these are impractical to cover up  Though the wearing of garments is a requirement in some faiths, in this case, British Airways believes that wearing a cross is not necessary in Christianity, in general. Eweida lost an initial appeal to her employers on 20 November, but publicly stated she would continue to dispute BA's policy, and that she wished to wear the cross to manifest her faith. The National Secular Society argued it was sensible for staff handling baggage to be prohibited from wearing jewellery over their uniforms, and said that Eweida was trying to evangelise in the workplace and that BA should have the right to insist that its uniform is neutral. It took four years to present her case to the European Court of Rights, and happily for all Christians the judgement given recently was in Nadia’s favour. She thanked everyone who supported her, including Pope Benedict. It makes us aware just how hostile Britain is becoming to Christianity, and that Christians may have to suffer more in the future for their faith and fight to save it. Nadia Eweida’s determination is an example to us all. God bless her. Feast of the Presentation Candlemas Day This feast sets the stage for the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Mary and Joseph take the baby Jesus to Jerusalem "to present him to the Lord" -Luke 2:22 The presentation of Jesus in the temple is in fulfilment of the Jewish law. Every male child must be taken to the temple and an animal must be offered as a sacrifice. The prophet Simeon and the prophetess Anna met the Holy Family in the temple in Jerusalem. Simeon was told by God that he would see the Saviour before he died. When sees the baby Jesus, he takes him from Mary and holds Him in his arms and praises God proclaiming, "Now thou dost dismiss your servant, O Lord, according to your word in peace; Because my eyes have seen your salvation" -Luke 2:29 Simeon then blesses Mary and Joseph and prophesies to Mary: "Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce..." -Luke 34-35 Even though this is a joyful occasion, the words of Simeon are a foreshadow of the sorrows that will be shared between Jesus and his Mother Mary. Mary suffered with Jesus from the beginning to the  very end on Calvary. Christians began Candlemas in Jerusalem as early as the fourth century and the lighting of candles began in the fifth century as a reminder that Jesus is the light of the world. Snowdrops According to folklore, an angel helped these Candlemas bells to bloom and pointed them as a sign of hope to Eve, who wept in repentance and in despair over the cold and death that entered the world. Many Christians see this winter flower as a symbol of Jesus being the hope for the world and the candles lit on Candlemas as Jesus the “light of the world”.