Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Cardinal Heenan; HIs Prophecy and his Betrayal.

I was just a young man in my early twenties when a priest who had learned I could write shorthand asked me to write out a talk by Cardinal Heenan to the priests of his Westminster Diocese and send it to another priest.  The talk was on one of those tape to tape reels.   This was about 1966 and he was talking about his recent experience of the Vatican Council II.   Now I had had a good Catholic Education and believed in the unity of the Catholic Faith but for the first time I was shocked.      It was not because of the Latin Mass being replaced, because the bishops had never discussed the matter, but deceit and dishonesty were becoming common in the Church.   The Cardinal was unaware of this at the time.   What he did say that shocked me was that at the beginning of the Council a Document on the Virgin Mary was to he introduced but was bitterly opposed by certain European Bishops, mostly German.  They cried out "THIS WILL PUT THE ECUMENCAL MOVEMENT BACK 10 YEARS"   An unprepared assembly of bishops agreed, but later in the Council they insisted that the cult of Mary should be placed in the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church.      Cardinal Heenan pointed out that in the period of Hitler and the War, the Catholic Church and the Protestant Church had been thrown into each others arms because of their common persecution.    Yes, they had become good friends and an Ecumenical Movement had started.   But it  had quickly gone off the rails.    Ecumenism does not mean one Faith sacrificing its beliefs for another Faith, it is built on respect for each others right to believe, a principal which has been so ignored in England that the Ecumenical Moment has gone nowhere.

The Cardinal warned the priests  "If you stop devotion to Mary, you will stop devotion to the Blessed Sacrament"  How little I knew that these words would dominate my life and lead to what I can only call persecution, as I saw before by eyes the truth of what he said as the years rolled on and I dared to object.    But they did not have it all their ow way.   Faithful Catholics continued Rosary Groups in their parishes, and some managed to keep Adoration going, though I know of parishes where this was forbidden outright.   Perhaps that is why the 'Basilica' at Walsingham has to allow people to talk to Jesus and adore Jesus at least in some part of their programme before his is put behind the wall again.    The absence of teaching in Catholic Schools about a God they could talk to, who had become man, and had the feelings they felt, had cried the tears that they sometimes cried, who was all human and wanted to relate to them as a human, this absence means God is missing in their lives, and they are left to relate to an abstract God, or read Scripture and choose a God in their own image and likeness as 25,000 Chrjistian cuts have done.   False Christs are everywhere.

For the past 50 years I have watched this prophecy of Cardinal Heenan being fulfilled.  The Rosaryand other 'childish'devotions were stopped. in Catholic schools and indeed many statues of Mary were removed.   First Communion programmes were constructed which never mentioned Mary as the Mother of the Blessed Sacrament.   Then Altar rails were smashed so that there was no kneeling for Communion.      Then the Tabernacles were removed from many of our altars and put in a corner or in the another room.   Christ who should have been the centre of our Faith was to take no further part in it.    Yes, we could pray to Jesus the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity but not to Jesus, the God made Man.     After all Jesus as God was  everywhere, he was in Scripture, he was among two or three people gathered together, but as the Penny Catechism taught "As God Jesus Christ is everywhere, but as God Made Man he is in Heaven and in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.    Little wonder the Penny Catechism also had to go.

But how could a heresy like this spread so quickly.     Cardinal Heenan started a College, Corpus Christi College in Westminster to teach all the positive new things the Bishops had decided at the Vatican Council.    But he put in charge a man who was dedicated to everything the German bishops had stood for in Vatican II.    He was a Reformer and started Reforming the Church with the approval of bishops other than the Cardinal.     Representatives from other Dioceses were invited to attend, teachers, administrators, parish leaders, priests, and they were filled with a chalice of poison which they were told was mature, adult, and 'a religion for today'     Many informed people complained to the Cardinal but he was too trusting of the man he had appointed and of course there were other bishops in England who had been appointed by the infiltrators in Romei, communists and Freemasons, who were just to eager to put the Anti-Christ into action and demolish the standing of Jesus in the Church, and then with love for him lost they could then change his teachings.        One thing above all they could rely on and that was the love that the Catholic Community had for its priests, so there was no listening to troublemakers in the Church who tried to point out that this was not how it should be.    Of course the teachings of Christ on Divorce, the encouragement of contraceptives and adultery among the young leading to the break up of the family unit, and thousands of young people growing up feeling loved and unwanted, and following the previous generations in abortion or single motherhood was all welcomed or ignored.   It was all so human.      But there were good priests who tried to keep alive the Latin Mass but many were forbidden by their bishops or even threatened by their bishops.   The Result of the removal of the Latin Mass was that thousands left the Church almost overnight.     The Latin Mass had been an anchor because it taught clearly that the people were attending a Sacrifice and all the focus was on that Sacrifice and their worthiness to receive Holy Communion, but that was all 'updated''    Catholics had been raised in schools to know every part of the Mass, but it was useful to tell the lie that they were just dummies at Mass.    Ask someone next Sunday why they go to Mass?

I was therefore outraged when I visited what purported to be a Marian Shrine and found that Jesus had been treated in the modern way as a nothing.and had  been put in a hole in the wall.     This of course would stop devotion to Mary becoming a revival point for devotion to her Son in the Blessed Sacrament.     It was an insult to Jesus and to Mary and belittles the Shrine at Walsingham.

Father forgive them for they know not what they do.

Sunday, 16 September 2018


Having reported the wonderful things about my trip to meet Our Lady of Walsingham I must turn now with regret to the Anti-Christ who is present in the Basilica at Walsingham.

My story begins in the late 1960's when the first attack on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament began.   It came from so called experts, whom priests had started using to go round the parishes starting to impose a New Faith and a New Church on the faithful.    The people loved their priests and were easily persuaded that what the experts were saying to them was  true.   These lay experts from Universities and Colleges told the people that the Church around the 12th century made too much of the Blessed Sacrament ad it was not meant to be adored.     I know that they taught this because I was alive and heard them.   Catholics were easily persuaded because of their trust in the clergy.    Nobody was allowed to point out that from earliest times Hermits had kept the Sacred Species in caves,  monks had carried it on their person, and indeed with the building of monasteries  the Tabernacles or Tents imitating the Ark of the Covenant which contained the tablets of the Word which was kept in a Tent, for Jesus was not Just the Word, but the Word made Flesh.

Suddenly Tabernacles were being removed from the altars, because they were 'liturgically incorrect'  and you dared not ask why because there was no answer, it was just that they said so.    May I just point out that there is no official document or teaching in the Church which required the destruction of Altar rails, or the removal to parish tabernacles, neither fro the Vatican or Vatican II, this was all coming from the local bishops.

So the Tabernacles were removed to a side of the Church and many of the bishops made sure there were no seats facing them in whatever part of the Church they were placed.   The tabernacles were  then removed and small altars were replaced by boxes on the wall or 'safes'.   This had to be done for  some young priests were starting to turn the chairs so that the people could worship.   I call this Anti- Christ for the whole dynamic behind it was to stop personal relationships with Jesus, and feeding the people with a ridiculous idea that they were the Body of Christ, based on the teaching of St Paul, but this has always been interpreted by the Church as the Mystical Body of Christ rather than the real one.     But then 'Father said..'  so who was I, a little nonentity to interfere or question.

So let us return to Walsingham.    I entered the 'Basilica' with my family.    I had promised to sing my hymn  "Mary of England'  to the statue of 'Our Lady of Walsingham" which I did and unimpressed by the Evangelical look of the place I then left.    Then I stopped.   I had missed something.   I walked back in and started moving round the Church because of my poor eyes looking for the Blessed Sacrament.   It was certainly not on the altar which had chairs behind it where a 'pride of bishops' could sit lording it over the people.   I once had had that set up in my own diocese.   Not finding the  Blessed Sacrament I asked two people who were praying if they could show me where it was.     "I am not sure" said the man, but looking around he said "O it is over there, you can see the lamp"   So this man was a Catholic but he certainly had been taught not to come to Church to talk to Jesus in the Tabernacle.   I went over and found the lamp and just at that time a priest appeared and opened a door on the wall whee the lamp was and putting back a host.   Then he closed it and blessed himself.   I restrained myself from asking why he had blessed himself  when he just had hid Jesus in the wall.   There was a small ledge I could just put my knee on so I knelt and prayed for a few minutes before rejoining my family outside.


What you should not do of course is to ask why for you get even more puzzling replies.   We are only supposed to worship him in 'Community'      Marvellous    so there is no need to open Catholic Churches during the day..    Now I did not go to Walsigha to swap one community for another.  I went there seeking a personal relationship with Jesus through His Mother Mary.    If the 'basilica'  will only allow me to talk to Jesus a couple of hours a day at 'Adoration' which we know they disapprove of anyway, what was the point of my journey.       If we come back from a pilgrimage full of Mary but having nothing to say about Jesus and how she had brought us closer to Him, we have wasted our  time.

This Basilica is being run by the Westminster Diocese.   One of the best things they can do is hand over the control of the Shrine to the local bishop.  

Saturday, 15 September 2018


This is the ruin of the entrance to Walsingham Abbey. We sere hoping to find it but all attention was on the church of the Annunciation and the Walsingham Shrine. There is a strange happening attached to our finding it. There was a road leading from the back of the Pilgrims Bureau which we were told would lead to a junction at the top and on turning left we could follow a road and then a track which led to the Catholic Shrine. They called it the Holy Mile. We got there OK. It was on our return when we were thinking of finding the ruins that something strange happened. As we walked along we expected to come across the road leading down to the Pilgrims Bureau again. It was a wide road for cars coming in both directions. Hardly a turning we could miss. The strange thing is that we did as even my son Andrew who was our leader will testify to. We eventually came to a turning which led down to the end of the village. We came across a little square where buses stop and there was the Red Bull pub. We deliberated whether to have a meal there or go back to our rooms. We were unaware that there was a door a few yards away which was the entrance to the Shire Hall Museum. WE turned to go home then Andrew read a notice we had passed but ignored before. Entrance to the Abbey Ruins is round the corner at the Shire Hall Museum. The notice was above an ancient stone wall, and we should have on previous occasions enquired. The nest day while the boys had a day off Una and I went to the Museum and gained entry to the grounds where this remainder of the Abbey entrance stood. There were other parts of the runs left standing also. The grass you see in front of the 'entrance' was the ground excavated in 1961 which was the Abbey floor. So we were standing on consecrated ground. It was a beautiful day and we said the Rosary no doubt joined by the thousands of pilgrims of old. We felt a wonderful peace. This is where the pilgrims had come from the Slipper Chappel to beg Mary to bring them closer to Jesus.   Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, The Word Made Flesh by the womb of Mary must be at the very heart of any Marian Shrine, for Mary seeks no glory for herself.    How many Masses are said here, how many Rosaries are offered?   This is the true Shrine of Our LADY OF WALSINGHAM..

Sunday, 9 September 2018


I am off to Walsingham tomorrow 10th September for one week.   I will as I wrote in my song "I will pay homage, I will sing your praise, and I will love you as in bygone days"

Pray that I have a fruitful pilgrimage.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Bishop Mark Daves; Heavens, a Bishop on My Side. From the Catholic Herald

Amid the darkness in the world and the Church, there is one constant source of light
It is hard to imagine a more pressing priority than renewing faith in the Holy Eucharist. Every generation since the Ascension has viewed its times with urgency. This is the unchanging perspective of those who realise these are “the last days” of human history between Christ’s first coming and His glorious return. No generation has been mistaken in recognising the shadows of the latter times, whether in the mysterious figure of the Antichrist or in the apostasy which will be the Church’s ultimate trial. I recall the words of Blessed John Henry Newman on what he described as “the infidelity to come”. He explained:
I know that all times are perilous, and that in every time serious and anxious minds … are apt to consider no times so perilous as their own … still admitting this, I think that the trials which lie before us are such as would appal and make dizzy such courageous hearts as St Athanasius, St Gregory I, or St Gregory VII. And they would confess that, dark as the prospect of their own day was to them severally, ours has a darkness different in kind from any that has been before it … a world simply irreligious. 
Yet we can never lose sight that our times, however darkened, are also illuminated – until the Lord’s return – by the Holy Eucharist, that is, the perpetuation of the Sacrifice of the Cross and the Real Presence of Jesus Christ among us. 
In losing sight of Him who is truly present in the Eucharist, we can surely diagnose a central malaise of the Church in this land which now ails families, generations and parishes. It is a malaise which is also at the root of a failure to discern vocations, whether to Christian marriage, the priesthood or the consecrated life – vocations which are all recognised in the light of the Eucharist. 
This problem belongs not only to our own times. It is recorded in the visitations of St Charles Borromeo in the 16th century that he came to a village parish church where the Tabernacle was broken and the Blessed Sacrament left mouldering within. He simply knelt and remained kneeling before the abandoned tabernacle the whole night. 
Eventually the hapless local priest and people of the district heard that the Cardinal Archbishop of Milan was kneeling alone in prayer and they crowded into the church to join this silent vigil. At dawn St Charles celebrated Mass and left without speaking another word. He had left a silent lesson. 
A few weeks ago I was praying in the crypt of Lourdes basilica. I had made the mistake of sitting a little too close to the front in a small, enclosed space. In the course of the hour a long procession of pilgrims or tourists (I wasn’t sure which) passed immediately in front of me. I couldn’t fail to notice, when focusing on the Tabernacle, that only one person and one family acknowledged or recognised Christ truly present. 
Some even stood with their backs to the Tabernacle to get a better view of the chapel. Many paused to look at the Tabernacle and photograph it on their iPhones as if it were merely an object of artistic interest. 
My thoughts turned to the Eucharistic preaching of the Curé of Ars, who described how in the presence of this Great Sacrament we can be like a man dying in poverty when a great treasure was always within reach which he failed to see. This reminds us why the bishops of this land have made a great invitation to a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool with the invitation “Adoremus”, which we might express as “Let us adore Him”.
At the dawn of the 20th century Dom Anscar Vonier, the Abbot of Buckfast, memorably said: “The world’s salvation is the Eucharist. This is not a hyperbolical phrase; it is a sober statement of spiritual reality. The world’s salvation is its approximation to the redemptive mystery of Christ. If this mystery becomes the constant occupation of human society, its daily deed, its chief concern, its highest aspiration, then society is saved. Holy Mass is the difference between paganism and Christianity, let us be under no illusion.” 
To explain this, I want to turn to a village in 19th-century France where, I contend, the new evangelisation of Western society began. A young priest, John Marie Vianney, arrived in Ars to find not only a broken-down and neglected church, but also a pervasive despair and profound unhappiness. As such, the tiny community reflected in microcosm many contemporary Western societies. 
In the years following the French Revolution freethinkers had briefly met in the desecrated church. The parish priest had formally declared his apostasy and left the priesthood to become a married merchant. The people of Ars had become almost impervious to the claims of Christianity – and that is one of the closest similarities to our own society. 
That village community had all but abandoned its received faith in the Eucharist. This was manifest in the run-down state of the parish church and within it an abandoned Tabernacle. The mission of Ars, the new evangelisation of that community, began right there. In later years, when the Curé was asked how Ars was converted (along with many other people in France), he would simply point to the place where he knelt in prayer before the Tabernacle. 
In this same place we too must in some way begin the wider renewal of faith in the Holy Eucharist. We might say it is something that can only be accomplished on our knees. This we have seen in the vast expansion of Eucharistic Adoration which has marked the past few decades, not only in personal prayer before the Sacrament of the Altar but also in whole parishes, new ecclesial movements and religious communities. 
The conversion of Ars was not instantaneous; it required the patient perseverance of years and decades. The Curé saw ignorance as the principal enemy of the renewal of faith. This led him to devote enormous energy to catechesis and preaching.
The celebration of the Sacrifice of the Mass, the liturgy, was something in which St John Vianney would urge his parishioners to spare no effort. This was seen in the total renovation of the church building – within and without. It is telling that he would become a nightmare to the suppliers in Lyons who were required to provide the fittings, chalices and vestments for this renewed parish church. They recount that his normal reaction on being presented with the finest items for worship they could find was invariably “Not good enough!” In his eyes nothing would ever be too good that was to be used in the celebration of Mass or to express devotion to the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. 
Few of us have direct responsibility for what is used in the Sacred Liturgy. However, the Curé of Ars teaches us by this the internal attitude, the dispositions and preparation with which we must always approach the Eucharistic Liturgy – giving of our very best, we might say. 
The goal that St John Vianney set for every parishioner and pilgrim was one and the same: holiness, which we might say is another word for happiness. This happiness was deeper than merely the resolution of the social and moral evils that had bedevilled that tiny village; it saw its community brought visibly from misery to a joy that people remarked on. 
However, the Curé’s goal was higher still. He anticipated the central call of the Second Vatican Council, “that all Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of love, and by this holiness a more human manner of life is to be fostered in earthly society” (Lumen Gentium, 40). He knew that frequenting the Sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist was the vital means, for here the grace is given for us to become saints. 
Towards the end of his life he remarked that if only the boys and the men had accepted his call to frequently receive Holy Communion “they would all now be saints”. It was an emphatic call to approach the altar frequently, exceptional in his lifetime, when even the most devout would receive Holy Communion only on the greatest days of the year. Yet firmly basing himself on the teaching of the Council of Trent, he insisted on frequent Holy Communion as the food and medicine by which every man and woman and child could become the saint they had been called to be.
Pope St Pius X had astonished the Catholic world by urging all the faithful, starting from the youngest possible age, to receive Holy Communion frequently, by which he meant every Sunday or, if possible, every day. It was, without doubt, the greatest liturgical change of the 20th century. Facing the gathering clouds at the beginning of that century, Pius X realised that no Christian could remain mediocre. We would either respond to the call to holiness or we would cease be Christians at all. I have little doubt that Pius had gained this perspective directly from the Curé and the witness of Ars. 
In the language of the 1905 decree which brought into effect Holy Communion from the age of reason, and weekly and daily for all the faithful, in days “when religion and the Catholic faith are attacked from all sides, and the true love of God is frequently lacking”, we can find the antidote by regularly coming to the Eucharist. We will have a growing desire to please God and be more closely united with Him by charity and have recourse to the divine remedy for our weaknesses and defects. In the vision of Pius X, “frequent or daily reception of the Holy Eucharist” would see “union with Christ strengthened, the spiritual life more abundantly sustained, the soul richly endowed with virtues; and the pledge of everlasting salvation more securely bestowed”. This was not an exercise in liturgical antiquarianism or a trivial 21st-century inclusiveness. It was given so that you and I can have the means of becoming saints. 
Let us return to the crypt of Lourdes basilica, where all except one individual and one family passing before my eyes failed to recognise the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. If you wonder why the Bishop of Shrewsbury didn’t just close his eyes and get on with his prayer, then it was because those people helped me pray. They helped me to see something of my own neglect, coldness and indifference to this Great Sacrament and to renew my own love for the Lord who desired to remain so close to us. For the renewal of faith in the Holy Eucharist must always begin in some decisive way with you and with me. 
I hope that patient example can have a greater impact than censorious correction. It is by approaching the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Blessed Sacrament with the right disposition that we will recognise the inherent call to holiness in the Holy Eucharist and the vital means to holiness. May the joy of this recognition be reflected in our own joy and the way we celebrate the Mass and put the Eucharist first in our lives, so everything else can be rooted and centred on this mystery of Love which went so far. 
St John Vianney had no doubt that the time we spend before this Great Sacrament will be the happiest moments we will spend on earth. A saint of the 20th century, Edith Stein, reflected that it is Christ’s joy to be with us in the Eucharist – a remarkable thought – and our lasting joy to be with Him for time and for eternity. 
May this always be true for you and for me. 
The Rt Rev Mark Davies is the Bishop of Shrewsbury. This is an edited version of his address at the Evangelium Conference at The Oratory School near Reading

Thursday, 6 September 2018


This afternoon I will be visiting a friend.   He lives as a human in my local Church.    He is the Bread of Life  and lives in the Tabernacle not, as the Church teaches and has been observed from earliest times, just the Spirit of Christ in Bread, as he is in Scripture, but as God made Man, a living being.

Why do I go?   When God became man he was someone that we could relate with.    He has human feelings so when I am sad I can speak to him as someone who has experienced my sadness. when I am joyful he can experience my joy, and when he loves it is not just the love of a Creator for a Creature, it is as someone who has also experienced human love and sits beside me rather than stand above me.     He has experienced human pain and misery so when I am weary and heavy burdened he is there for me.  He is truly my friend.

So many young people need a God like this today, yet they are discouraged from having him as a  friend of their own.       He has often been removed from the altar and you have to search for him.   He might have been put in another room.   The one person they want and need in their lives is denied to them.  

I wil talk to him today about this.   I will tell him of so many young people with broken hearts who need him.   So many young sheep  who were denied his friendship.      Remember the address of Jesus Christ, our God made Man,  it is the nearest Catholic Church.   If you are in despair, if you are frightened about your future, if someone is hurting you, or a child has deserted you then visit him.       "Come you are are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give  your rest"     This God made Man really means this.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

What should the Eucharist Congress in Liverpool be Discussing?.

When the representatives in the Eucharist congress meet in Liverpool should they actually discuss the Blessed Sacrament?    

A little history should vitalise this question.    In the early Church at the Breaking of Bread it was soon realised that the hard saying of Jesus about eating my Flesh and drinking my Blood had been fulfilled when he ordered at the Last Supper for his followers to do this in memory of Him    

SO HOW DO WE PREPARE OURSELVES BEFORE COMMUNION TO BE WORTHY OF RECEIVING JESUS?    Perhaps you feel it does not matter.   Just turn up and take the Body of Christ  forget all the nonsense about confessing sins, and being worthy, it is Pre-Vatican II nonsense,  We are now liberated.

Parts of the Sacred Species are not consumed and in the early Church hermits started keeping the consecrated Bread in their caves for adoration.    Later monks kept the sacred species on their person, but when monasteries were built they kept them in safe places.   Eventually as St John says "He dwelt amongst us" {literally , pitched his tent amongst us} and the present Tabernacle was formed, the Church has never officially approved of safes, and boxes, and any other replacements for the Tabernacle, such things were approved by the unilateral decision of local bishops and priests actually preventing the community from talking to Jesus.    Is this action not that of the Anti-christ?.

SO SHOULD WE ADORE JESUS IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT WITHIN THE TABERNACLE.?   The Church agains tells us that the Sacred Species is worthy of the Adoration due to God.    Jesus Christ is not in Bread as he is in Scripture or amongst a group where he is present as God, but in the Tabernacle he is present as God Made Man.  He is still with us in his humanity sharing our joys, our sorrows, feeling as we do, capable of not just Divine love but Human love.   A friend who will wipe our tears.    In the Credo of the People of God Paul VI stated "in order to be approved for Catholic belief any definition of the Real Presence must conform to the teaching that at the words of Consecration Bread is no longer bread and no elements of bread remain, and at the Consecration of the Wine then wine is no longer wine and the elements of wine do not remain.    WE MUST ASK OURSELVES IF WE HOLD TO ANOTHER BELEIF THEN WHO GAVE US THIS BELIEF,   IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT THE OFFICIAL TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.   Jesus unequivocally said  "I Am the Bread of Life"

Now if indeed the Head of the Church is Jesus Christ and the Body is nothing without the Head, who ordered that the Tabernacle containing Christ should be removed from many of our altars.  Who relegated Jesus to the sidelines or banned him from the Church by  putting Him in another room??  


SHOULD I KNEEL OR STAND TO RECEIVE COMMUNION?    Again without consultation many dioceses engaged in breaking down altar rails and calling it 'The Spirit of Vatican II'.  So much had changed in the Council that change was to be welcomed whether authorised or not.  No use protesting we will just have to get used to it.   But there are backward Catholics who want to kneel when they receive the body of their sacrificed Christ.   They feel they are sharing in the sacrifice that Jesus offered.   No we must look united in Faith so these backward Catholics will have to do what they are tol.d..   .    Should it he made compulsory for everyone to kneel?  But then I would be attacking the beliefs of others the way they attacked mine.   Much better to give them a choice.   Should this question be raised at the Eucharist Congress?

All the above questions are being swept under the carpet in the Catholic Church in England and Wales.   Is this Congress to be about Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament or will it rather focus on what some think are more meaningful matters.    Will loving the Lord our God be a heigh priority or are  they are only interested I'm the eye-catching matters- social justice and helping the poor?