SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS
One Sunday, little Gaga-Jo was going to the Zoo with Mummy and Daddy for a treat.
They told her that Grandpappy was coming, but he couldn’t be there until 11am.
When he arrived, Gaga-Jo asked, “Grandpappy, why couldn’t you come at the same time as us?”
Grandpappy, who had in fact been to Church, tried to think how best to explain . . . .
“Well,” he said, “every Sunday morning I go to a special place to meet a Special Friend who means all the world to me.”
“Oh Daddy,” said little G-J, “Can we go soon to that place and meet Grandpappy’s Special Friend?”
And Daddy replied . . . .
(Please take careful note of this reply because it, perhaps, sums up the Australian culture better than you’ll find it expressed anywhere else.)
Daddy said to Gaga-Jo, “Let’s go and look at the elephants.”
A recent VicHealth survey into violence affecting women is in the news.
Headlines like: “Shocking number of Australians think WOMEN are to blame for rape and domestic violence.” *
And: “One in five Australians believe a woman is “partly responsible” for being raped if she is intoxicated.” **
Being “partly responsible” is not the same as being “to blame”.
Surely five out of every five Australians know that being drunk increases one’s risk of rape or other assault.
It isn’t “shocking” if parents remind a daughter to stay sober at a party for her own safety. It would be shocking if they didn’t.
* Daily Mail
** ABC News Online
Reverend Ian Paisley, Protestant preacher-politician and anti-Catholic rabble-rouser has died.
Back in 1963, when Pope John XXIII died, Rev Paisley said, “This Romish man of sin is now in hell!”
In 2005, when Pope John Paul II died, he said, “We can understand how Roman Catholics feel at the death of the Pope and we would want in no way to interfere with their expression of sorrow . . .”
To a Calvinist-Protestant, seemingly un-convertible, had come a partial change of heart.
Like Saint Paul, on the Damascus road 2000 years earlier, as per the Book of Acts, chapter 9?
Dare we hope for changed mentalities in followers of Islam if the Christian Church commits to living faithful to its peaceful Founder?
Let’s hope so.
Military activities won’t achieve it.
As Pope Francis said the other day at a World War I commemoration:
“War is madness . . . .
“Humanity needs to weep, and this is the time to weep . . . .”
Martin McKenzie-Murray notes Eric Abetz quoting Friedrich Nietzsche’s words that “There are no such things as facts, only interpretations.”
Mr Abetz was criticising the ABC’s “Fact Check” feature.
Martin calls that citation “interesting” — Mr Abetz being a “Christian Calvinist” and Nietzsche “one of history’s most fierce atheists”.
But Nietzsche was a funny kind of atheist.
He contrasted the “facts” mentality with a “perspectivism” comparable to a photographer seeking a subject’s inner essence by shooting from multiple angles.
Such photographers aren’t trying to prove the subject doesn’t exist.
Perhaps the fiercest atheists are Calvinist fundamentalists – with “Christian Calvinist” being an oxymoron.
Their deity “double-predestinates” — creating some souls bound for hell, others for heaven, regardless of how they live. And their mono-angle on the Bible resembles the Islamic State’s stance on the Qur’an.
Calvinists cannot abide Pope Francis.
Nor, perhaps, might the ABC, if they listened carefully.
There is reason to believe that the Christian faith will survive.
And, despite the only too obvious shortcomings of its adherents, that it will be a source of ongoing good.
What follows is from an interview with Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, in Nigeria, regarding the attacks of Boko Haram which has blown up many of his Catholic faithful and the churches in which they try to worship.
Are you afraid personally?
Well, yes, it is normal to be afraid. But given my task, I have given up everything to serve God and his people. I don’t have a biological family, wife and children, any possession I can call my own. If I should lose my life in the process of defending people’s rights to freedom of worship and the unity of humanity, apart from my beloved pastoral collaborators and excellent people of goodwill (from various religious and ethnic backgrounds) I would leave behind, I have no other liabilities. While one does not court death, it is an inevitable end for all of us . . . still, one is afraid of death, which is true for everybody.
What do you tell your priests and religious when it comes to coping with fear?
I never miss any public functions or ceremonies. That tells them that I am with them, and with the people. Even if violence takes place not far away, I go out in public, wearing my formal garb, to be present. Government officials stay away. I don’t a have security detail—that would be a magnet for the evildoers. The militants hate police . . . We believe God is with us. We believe that we will triumph despite the machinations of the evildoers.
Do you believe Boko Haram is evil?
Absolutely! When you kill and destroy not only combatants but women and children, poor people, it is evil. In the attack on the Jos market, 118 died. They were not office workers or important people, but orange sellers, ground-nut sellers, milk sellers, looking to make a little money for the evening. This is an expression of evil . . . .
by Arnold Jago in Lifestyle
Most of us probably can’t know or imagine what it feels like to be “same-sex-attracted” in the homosexually-active sense.
The following video-clip gives some insight and is worth looking at:
It is long (nearly 40 minutes) but it merits watching right through.