SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS
The skyline of Rio de Janeiro is dominated by a 38-metre statue of Christ the Redeemer.
But in the people’s heads, haven’t sporting idols like Usain Bolt replaced respect for Christ the Redeemer as top focus?
Usain Bolt himself seems to be trying to do the right thing.
He makes the sign of the Cross before races. He makes an effort to keep things in perspective.
Bolt has been quoted saying:
“I want to thank God for everything he has done for me. Without him none of this would be possible…. I was always brought up to believe in God and to behave in certain ways. That’s what my parents taught me and I always trust my parents. They have great values….”
In recent times, haven’t sporting values mostly been not so great?
Cheating, publicity-seeking, gambling and sponsorship-money dominate media sport coverage.
Every Sunday, don’t we all see thousands of Australian children at our sporting ovals, dissipating their energy on sport, getting frustrated, feeling the pressure to win, win, win….
If parents took these young people to church or Sunday school to get some serious teaching as to what life is really about, perhaps the world would be better — they might become fulfilled human beings.
Don’t they need at least one day a week free to clear out of their heads the wall-to-wall secularism fed them by our secular education system and secular media?
The Christian religion gives no green light to using hatred of sin or vice to justify words or actions that might be reasonably taken to express hatred of persons.
If “homophobia” means hating homosexual human beings (not just fearing the condition and its consequences) then it is something a Christian – or anybody motivated by goodwill – must avoid at all costs
Homosexual persons themselves may be liable to self-hatred, given that certain of their habitual acts are inherently disgusting.
This aspect is seldom discussed. Yet it is important. We should want to release them from this feeling, while not underestimating their need to avoid objective wrong-doing.
Isn’t the homosexual “community” wrong in its resentment of – and desire to ban – treatments which might conceivably help persons wishing to overcome homosexual tendencies from getting professional assistance?
(But that is getting onto an issue separate from our key point of avoiding all hatred of persons.)
As usual, Saint Mary MacKillop got that one right….
At one stage, Mother Mary was dismissed from Adelaide district by the local bishop, Archbishop Reynolds, on unjust grounds.
She wrote to her Sisters warning them to be careful about presuming to condemn the Archbishop and his motives:
“Now, more than ever, we should be humble, patient and charitable and forgiving. If we cannot excuse everything, we can at least excuse the intention.”
If Australia legalises same-sex marriage, classroom gender-fluidity propaganda will follow as night follows day.
Same-sex couples with custody of children will demand that students be educated to tolerantly accept all kinds of sexual deviations as normal.
Persons complaining will be labelled phobic bigots and, one way or another, silenced.
TV show “Four Corners” recently created an uproar by showing young criminals in restraining chairs, spit hoods etc.
Politicians and experts responded with suggestions: Royal Commission, one-to-one social workers, more adoptions — even more contraceptives(!)
No doubt well meant – but all pretty much tinsel to camouflage the tips of an iceberg that nobody wishes to acknowledge.
Nobody wants to hear that our whole Australian way of life is geared to breeding youth uncontrollability.
Or that improvement would demand change in all our lives – our personal lives, our families and our social assumptions.
Who wants to consider that extramarital sex, alcohol-drinking, pornography, out-of-family child-care and gambling all must go?
To be replaced by a new enthusiasm for marriage, motherhood and fatherhood – on the part of individuals and the community at large.
This problem is something spiritual.
Are such changes too much to ask?
Perhaps we don’t care enough.
Some “patriotic” people suggest refusing to complete the census questions — saying the government has no right to details of one’s name, address etc.
If someone whose name was Muhammad Something wasn’t keen on the government knowing who or where he was, would they still say the same?
Others feel that one’s religion isn’t the government’s business — so best identify as “no religion”.
Censuses are politics.
The most politically-astute group exploiting this census is the New Atheists.
Having brow-beaten the government into putting “no religion” top of the religion list and hopefully boosting the no-religion percentage — what then?
Then they’ll feel empowered to lean on the government to even further curb freedom of speech and religious belief in this country.
To identify as “no religion” is to encourage totalitarianism.
Today is the official feast day of Mary MacKillop, Australia’s only home-grown saint, who died on 8 August 1909.
Saint MM provided basic education for thousands of children who otherwise would have received none.
Two things Mary MacKillop insisted on:
* to accept no financial help for her projects from the government.
* her staff to be unpaid, depending on their religious Order to cover their needs for food, clothing etc.
Today’s church honours Saint MM with their lips, but doesn’t copy her ways.
Government money is not only accepted but demanded.
Most Catholic school teachers belong to no religious Order, but they do belong to a union — and want pay and conditions equal to government teachers (more or less).
Government funding means government control.
e.g. Victoria’s Andrews government intends forcing Catholic schools to teach the respectability of anal sex, same-sex marriage etc.
Yes, Mary Mackillop was both way ahead of her time — yet also profoundly conservative and traditional.
She attended Mass every Sunday and every holy day — and insisted that her Sisters and her converts did the same.
She went to Confession regularly. Likewise her Sisters and converts.
She was pure and modest — she rescued Prostitutes from brothels, providing them refuges to live in until they found a better life.
Dear Mary MacKillop, Saint Mary of the Cross, pray for us that we might be faithful to Our Lord as you were.