SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS

Mary MacKillop was an Australian Catholic nun of the 1800s and 1900s.

To Australians of all ages and backgrounds she is a heroine. They love her. But do they really understand her?

Saint Mary MacKillop -- she gave her life to teaching poor children and founded an order of teaching nuns.

Saint Mary MacKillop -- she loved children, she loved justice and she loved God.

Saint Mary MacKillop -- so relevant to today’s world. There is much we can learn from her.

Let’s be sure that it is from the REAL Mary MacKillop that we learn.

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29
Jan

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ROYAL COMMISSION: not just window-dressing, one hopes

The Victorian government plans a Royal Commission seeking “the most effective ways to prevent family violence”.

Sounds good, but….

The Commission’s report probably won’t mention that:

(i) in a country aborting 200 unborn babies per day, the habit of resorting to fatal violence to deal with frustrations is deeply entrenched.

(ii) a common form of “violence” is humiliating others and destroying reputations. Unlike most physical bruises, the effects don’t go away. Perhaps mental violence inflicted by women against their menfolk explains Australia’s high young male suicide rate?

(iii) reducing accessibility of alcohol would slash violence rates — ask any policeman, paramedic or doctor.

So isn’t the “social problem” of violence really a spiritual problem?

Nothing will improve unless people’s inner motivations re-direct towards personally living (with God’s help) in a more virtuous fashion.

That means all of us.

 

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28
Jan

SIR PRINCE PHILIP OF AUSTRALIA? nothing wrong with that.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities

If I was Prince Philip I’d welcome receiving an Australian knighthood.

Princely life – decades of daily tedious conventional ceremonies – must get rather impersonal and lonely.

Up pops Mr Abbott with something a bit different – expressing gratitude at a personal level.

Good thinking.

 

23
Jan

BEING A CHRISTIAN IN THE MIDDLE EAST: what kind of future?

by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Jesus, Persecution

When Iraq was invaded in 2003, there were 1,500,000 million Christians living there. Now it’s 400,000 – and falling.

The city of Mosul alone held 60,000 Christians. Now, since the ISIS takeover, there are none.

Arguably, the USA and friends created ISIS as a result of their backing the wrong side in the civil war in Syria.

Some commentators warned that it would happen. For example, see “Clinton” at:  http://marymackillop.org/category/suffering/page/4

It was pretty obvious.

Christian church leaders on the spot where the violence is worst are recommending forgiveness and patience to their followers.

Seemingly quite impractical, even suicidal – yet is it not the way their founder Jesus Christ preached and practised?

Meanwhile many Muslims are converting to Christianity.

One estimate, according to Al-Jazeerah, is 16,000 per day in Africa alone: https://muslimstatistics.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/al-jazeerah-6-million-muslims-convert-to-christianity-in-africa-each-year/comment-page-1/

 

 

 

22
Jan

OBAMA’S STATE-OF-THE-UNION AND FAMILIES: hotair and faint heart.

President Obama’s “State of the Union” address emphasised “family”.

Including a story of one particular “tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times”.

“In today’s economy,” he said, “when having both parents in the workforce is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable, high-quality childcare more than ever . . . .”

So Mr Obama’s solution to family hardships is helping parents spend less time with their children?

If “today’s economy” forces mothers out into the workplace, isn’t what we need — not more institutionalised childcare — but a different “economy”?

A home-parenting economy.

Mothering young children is itself full-time job.

Mr Obama loves talking family.

But to try introducing real change — along family-friendly, home-parenting lines — would require uncommon fortitude.

 

 

21
Jan

PALLIATIVE CARE: and the disadvantages of euthanasia

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Ethics

Legalising euthanasia or assisted suicide would undermine palliative care of the sick and dying.

Palliative Care Australia believes that:

“Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are not part of palliative care practice.”

Their position is set out at: www.palliativecare.org.au/Portals/46/PCA%20Voluntary%20Euthanasia%20and%20Physician%20Assisted%20Suicide%20Position%20Statement.pdf)

Likewise the position of the World Medical Association is that:

“Euthanasia, that is the act of deliberately ending the life of a patient, even at the patient’s own request or at the request of close relatives, is unethical….”

If euthanasia/assisted suicide were legalised there would be less motivation to invest in improving palliative care research and availability.

In Australia the number of full time palliative care specialists is below the level needed for reasonable provision of service as recommended by the ANZ Society of Palliative Medicine.

International experience shows that in communities where mercy killing has been legalised, the alleged “safeguards” have always been flouted.

Multiple references in the medical literature and public media bear testimony to this fact.

For example:

www.calgaryherald.com/news/Boer+wrong+euthanasia+slippery+slope/10039178/story.html

 

 

15
Jan

THE FUTURE: not too much like the past, please.

Ten days ago, terrorists entered Baga Town, Nigeria.

2000 estimated dead.

The Nigerian army seems powerless.

The Islamist “caliphate” is confidently in place . . . .

Or could that confidence be mis-placed?

Soon enough won’t another Islamist sect take a dislike to Boko and wipe them out?

Ultimately, when all the radical Muslims have killed each other, moderate Muslims will engage in dialogue and shared prayers with the surviving Christians.

Yes, Christians.

Exterminating Christianity – only a sideshow for jihadists anyway – won’t work.

The Roman Empire, the French Revolution, the Nazis, the Communists – none managed to exterminate it . . . .

Or were the Communists smarter than the rest?

Now calling themselves “secularists”, “liberals”, “multiculturalists”, “democrats” etc., still committed to making Christian culture dead?

They’re into the kindergarten classrooms teaching toddlers that anal sex is as good as any other kind.

Parents disagreeing can’t do anything.

Is a global secular caliphate upon us?