Responding to the Mass of the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

  • Bearing witness to the good.
  • Seeking to bring about the better, especially for those who are presently disadvantaged and in need
  • Being light and salt for the world

These are works that Christians seek to carry out in all sorts of different way. Sometimes we do it in our own Church institutions, but mostly we do this working alongside other people of all sorts in our public institutions.

Help for young people who would like to experience working in Parliament and learn more about public life is offered by Faith in Politics – a Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs internship scheme which began in 2003.

The scheme uniquely offers a foundation of Catholic faith and spiritual formation for those who believe they may have a vocation to public service in politics or public affairs.

Interns commit to a varied year working in Parliament or in the public affairs teams of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the Catholic Education Service, and CAFOD.

They explore the political landscape and the Church’s involvement in social action through a series of events, including a visit to Rome on pilgrimage, to learn how the Vatican works, and how the UK relates to the Holy See. 

Interns undertake the first year of a part-time Master’s Degree in Catholic Social Teaching at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. 

Importantly their journey begins and ends with a retreat, and spiritual guidance is an integral part of the year.

The group lives at More House in Kensington, and at the end of the year they join a network of over 100 alumni.

Faith in Politics is named on the Vatican’s website Laity Involved as an example of best practice formation of the lay faithful.

To apply click here.
Closing date 28 February 2020

Translation of Scriptures: English Standard Version (c) 2001-9, Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Commentary: (c) 2020, Allen Morris
Photograph (c) 2013, Allen Morris. Westminster, London.

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