Edmund Adamus, MA. Cert. Thl. TEFL. Dip.Th, is the Professional Adviser to the Episcopal vicar for education in Portsmouth Diocese, UK. Edmund married Catherine in 2005 in Paris. They have two children: Paul, 7, and Beatrice, 3 and live in the county of Surrey. Edmund is a recognized authority on the teaching of the Catholic Church on the sacrament of marriage, marriage preparation, St John Paul II’s teaching of Theology of the Body, and marriage healing. He has spoken at conferences across Europe, North America, South America, and Australia, offering his expertise in these domains to thousands of people regarding the pastoral care of married couples. In 2006, Edmund introduced CatholicMarriagePrep.com to the U.K., the first Online Marriage Preparation Program; he is still actively promoting the program. Edmund also offers a refreshing, complete and joyful view of the Church’s wonderful teaching on marriage and sexuality-one that truly embraces, and even celebrates, God’s glorious plan.  



 


Silence gives consent

Silence gives consent

After first vespers of the fifth Sunday of Lent we enter the beautiful but solemn season of Passiontide

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A Very Bitter Lent

A Very Bitter Lent

Dear Reader,

In September 2015 I was privileged to meet the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus Samir Nassar during the World Meeting of Families.

I was deeply moved by his accounts of the bitter suffering of the Syrian people during the relentless war, then almost 2 years ago.

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A Helper on the Way

A Helper on the Way

These thoughts come to you on the eve of his solemnity the 19th March. Last year I had a few ideas about how this great Saint can and must play a significant part in our family and faith life.

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"Lest We Forget...!"

"Lest We Forget...!"

"Lest We Forget...!"

The phrase above is one we adopt and use year in year out to recall with gratitude and solemnity the countless war dead who sacrificed their lives to defend and preserve our freedoms
 

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Catholic "Jihad"

Catholic "Jihad"

We've all heard time and time again of so-called "jihad" concerning Islamic fundamentalism and its ideological links to tyrannical radical Islamic terror.  But "jihad" is really about declaring "war" on self - i.e. self-mortification; self-denial; self-control etc. in order, fundamentally to be a better person, to be a more rounded human being. Selfless, more compassionate and considerate and full of humility, which as CS Lewis wisely said, is not about "thinking less of oneself but thinking of oneself less."

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An Academy of Truth and Freedom

An Academy of Truth and Freedom

Marriage is the only school where you get the certificate before you start. It’s also a school where you will never graduate.

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SWSWSW-N

SWSWSW-N

You're probably thinking what on earth do the letters above mean? Is it a typo?


I heard this on the news on the radio this morning. It is the working motto of the chief executive of a call centre. This is his mantra to his staff who are trying to generate new customers by phoning them up.  When the other person either puts the phone down, ends the call abruptly or is just not interested, he wants them to go through this thought process.

So what does SWSWSW-N mean?

“Some will, some won't. So what! Next.”

In other words, it's the philosophy that says, "if at first, you don't succeed, try, try and try again. In the words of Our Lord, “shake the dust from your feet."

So, when despite all your best efforts to achieve something important by persuasion, advocacy or persistence, you just don't get anywhere, then SWSWSW -N might be a useful mechanism for emotional resilience to obstinacy.

That's not an excuse to give up totally on individuals because the Lord never does, even if He has to wait and wait and wait.

One day we may need patience and forbearance of another. So, let's never give the other an excuse to think SWSWSW-N.

Edmund Adamus

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A Father's Love for His Child

A Father's Love for His Child

I can recall how as an infant my older sisters, whilst reading me bedtime stories, would reassure me on moonlight nights about “the man in the moon” as if to reassure me of an abiding presence of care and protection from above.

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Exile

Exile

In these days of ongoing reflection after Christmas and Epiphany, I can't help wondering about what life must have been like for the Holy Family after the departure of the Kings.

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Epiphany!

Epiphany!

A very blessed, holy and peace-filled celebration of the Solemnity of the Epiphany to you this weekend.
In the last few days, I have been contemplating on how best to honour this holy feast by my attitude and actions.


And amidst all the routine annual "temptations" to make a 'to do' list of so-called New Year's resolutions [not that there's anything wrong with genuinely attempting to alter one's lifestyle for the better], I felt that perhaps first and foremost what is needed is an interior re-direction, or rather re-orientation to what one originally tries to focus on.

Deep down as I continue to ponder on the mystery of the Incarnation through the ongoing season of Christmastide, I know that it can only be the virtues of obedience, humility and above all gratitude as lived by the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph during those first troubled and challenging days and weeks of the life of Christ, that I must fully resolve to emulate.

And to do this, not just every day but every hour, every waking moment. In short to try ever harder to live in the moment, the eternal now, with a Christ-like mind and attitude.

The other day I came across the following quote from St. Catherine of Siena which encapsulates what I have been sensing and what by God's grace I pray and hope to aspire to more and more:

“We ought to be convinced that every burden that is laid on us, from whatever source it might come, is given us out of love, not hatred. It is given for our good so that we may achieve the good for which we were created. We must understand that our burdens are no greater or smaller than time and that our time on earth is as small as the point of a needle."

So as we begin 2017, we are reminded again that we all have a limited amount of time and space to make a difference in the world for the better. To love and respect ourselves and others to such a degree of intensity that we know that God can truly make use and purpose of it according to His Holy Will.

Sounds easy, doesn't it?

Well, it is a simple truth but of course not easy to fulfill except in the case of a daily sanctification through prayer, meditation and sacrifice that it then grows outwardly from within us and it becomes easier or less burdensome for us to do.

As no doubt countless people now embrace a resolution to diet and exercise more [all good in itself] with the interior motto rattling around their heads; "no pain, no gain" - we can apply that simple truth to our interior, spiritual life too, indeed we must.

And the pain of course is to knowingly, consciously unite every daily struggle, especially the really tough ones to the cross of Jesus, confident in hope that He can bring it to fruition and purpose not just for our sake but for the good of others somehow, somewhere even if our efforts are not seen directly connected to the circles of our immediate influence.

January is also the month dedicated to the Holy Name of "Jesus" - the Name which saves, the Name which, when we use it properly in prayer, devotion and thought, can truly dispel evil and any thoughts of anxiety and despair that we might feel overwhelmed.

So, to conclude, as we mark the event at which Three Wise and Holy Kings had to physically bow their heads and no doubt their upper bodies in order to enter a cave/stable where the Holy Family was residing in Bethlehem to adore [and I like to think, on their knees] the Infant Christ, let us also renew our belief in and efforts to honour Him by bowing at the Holy Name of Jesus whenever it is said in worship and prayer [and if we ever hear it uttered in blasphemy, to make an internal supplication in reparation] so as to stir continuous thoughts of obedience, humility and above all gratitude in our souls.

Edmund Adamus

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