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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22
Sep

EUTHANASIA, “ASSISTED DYING”, CALL IT WHAT YOU LIKE: it is still wrong.

Euthanasia is bad.
Killing sick people is never the best option.
Changing the name to “assisted dying” changes nothing.
So-called “safeguards” never work.
The numbers killed annually in countries where euthanasia has been legalised increases by an average of 17 per cent per year (according to research by Dr Brendan Long of Charles Sturt University, published in The Australian newspaper on September 21)
Even if rates didn’t increase it would still be wrong.
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….” (Catholic Catechism, paragraph 2277)
Murder.
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intentional killing?

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20
Sep

MR JOHN HOWARD AND THE “MARRIAGE” DEBATE: what is he up to?

Ex-Prime Minister John Howard, said the other day:
“Changing the definition of marriage – which has lasted for time immemorial – is not an exercise in human rights and equality. It is an exercise in de-authorising the Judaeo-Christian influence in our society….”
He criticised people having to vote without having been told the full details of how the changed law would affect society.
What he said seems fair enough.
Why didn’t say it when it could have made a difference?
To be any use, he would have had to say it long ago.
It’s too late now. Most of us have voted already.
He spoke up too late.
Months too late.
He must know that.
What is he up to?

14
Sep

PLEBISCITE NOW UNDER-WAY: hold onto your hat.

Yes, this plebiscite is a waste of time and effort.
Its result will make no difference to anybody.
Regardless of the result, both sides of the debate will continue doing what they are already doing.
Supporters of the transgender “marriage” idea will keep seeking more and better legalistic strategies for destroying the Christian religion and the community which identifies with it.
The churches will probably keep seeking “exemptions” and other strategies to hopefully preserve their rights to legally express and live by their beliefs.
The church might as well forget about exemptions.
They will be meaningless.
They will rapidly be withdrawn.
Better to start preparing believers in how to deal with and how to survive intimidation, bullying and persecution.

7
Sep

MARRIAGE PLEBISCITE: what will the repercussions be?

What about this “plebiscite” over changing Australia’s marriage laws to permit any couple to be “married” regardless of “gender”?
If the Yes vote wins, will Christians thinking and acting according to an opposite belief be sacked, taken to court etc?
Or will there be “exemptions”?
That question is scarcely relevant.
Jesus told his first 12 disciples they must “take up their cross daily” – i.e. be willing to be persecuted or killed any time.
Jesus himself died, nailed to a cross by those hating his teachings and life.
His modern-day followers can hardly go looking for “exemptions”.
Church leaders clamouring to the government to allow them “free speech” etc., aren’t really on the right track, are they?
God gives us free speech.
It makes no difference what anybody else alleges to give or not give.
One thing is certain, Christians will not and cannot “integrate” into a same-sex-marriage-tolerating society.

29
Aug

AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN AND BRAIN-ABUSE: what are you going to do about it?

Most Australian children don’t learn at school the reasons for belief in God.
What they increasingly hear is materialism plus irrational ideas about gender.
The obvious roles of the two biological sexes are undermined by our children’s educators, right from when they are toddlers.
It’s going to be hard to undo this damage – especially with the increasingly restrictive censorship by Australia’s corporate media.
Hard or not, those aware of what is happening must speak out in whatever ways they can.
The persecutions inflicted on them they must just accept.

24
Aug

MARRIAGE: do we know exactly what we are “debating” about?

A normal human sexual act is an act of the kind that can result in initiating new human life.
Such acts between man and woman have resulted in the continuing survival of our race.
Our culture will, obviously, only be sustainable if we esteem and reverence such intimacies within the context of loyal heterosexual families.
People unable or unwilling to live in accord with this pattern can, perhaps, find other ways to contribute to the common good.
If they do, they certainly do not merit hostile treatment.
However, their status is, by definition, less than ideal.
“Marriage” – that which publicly solemnises willing cooperation with biological and social realities — is not for them.