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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19
Apr

TRANSGENDER POLITICS: effectively abolishing parenthood?

If a child seems confused regarding his/her gender, the family might request counselling to help him/her to contentedly identify with his/her true genetic sex.
Any Victorian doctor offering such help may now – since February 2017 — risk being de-registered.
The ALP National Conference recently declared that, in government, the party would enact laws at federal level prohibiting such counselling as “psychological abuse”.
The only legal alternative will to refer children to “transgender clinics” which offer, step-wise: social transitioning, chemical puberty-blocking, cross-sex hormone medication and, finally, castration and/or other surgical operations.
The other day, the Victorian Liberal Party received a motion to permit setting up a “middle path” for supporting children requesting help to adapt to their birth gender.
The Party’s State President has intervened — vetoing even discussion of such a suggestion.
The intimidatory power of the corporate promoters and funders of the transgender industry boggle the mind.
The feebleness of the Liberal Party also boggles the mind.

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13
Apr

VIKTOR ORBAN: controversial character

by Arnold Jago in Politics

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, has been re-elected again.
Another big majority — 134 parliamentary seats out of 199.
Orban is controversial for his tough border protection policies – defying the EU and pro-refugee “charities” who would impose an inflow of Muslims into Hungary.
Orban’s aim, however, is to retain Hungary’s Christian culture – and what he describes as an “illiberal” state.
Perhaps the importance of these political facts can be over-estimated.
Doesn’t a nation’s culture ultimately depend more on individual and family attitudes than on governments?
If it focuses on its job properly, the church might perhaps wield more influence than politicians.
Australia could learn from all this.
Our politics today seems like a rather acrimonious game of “liberal” musical-chairs.
We must deserve it.

11
Apr

DOES HELL REALLY EXIST? do YOU really exist?

by Arnold Jago in Death, Family, Forgiving, God

On March 29, Italian newspaper, La Republica, reported Pope Francis allegedly saying about “bad souls” after death:
“They are not punished. Those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him….
“Those who do not repent, and cannot therefore be forgiven, disappear.”
He supposedly also said that
“hell does not exist.”
So, we’re free to choose to accept God’s love and to enjoy him forever in heaven.
However, that’s not a free choice unless we’re also free to reject God and wind up in hell.
The reality of that real choice is what makes us real.
Otherwise we’d be pretty much robots.
In that sense the possibility of hell is God’s greatest gift to us.
Jesus Christ himself warned that hell does exist.

10
Apr

ISRAEL FOLAU: a man with a message

Israel Folau, a famous Australian rugby player, was asked on social media about God’s plan for homosexuals.
He answered, “HELL…unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
Now he’s facing “sanctions” from Rugby Australia for what the media describe as his “homophobic” comments.
Three of Rugby Australia’s sponsors, Qantas, Asics and Land Rover, have expressed disapproval of Mr. Folau’s comments, which they say conflict with company policies of inclusiveness….
Mr. Folau’s policy, on the other hand, is to be a Christian believer — and to feel free to say so.
The Gospel on which Christianity is based makes two points clear:
(1) we humans must not judge other people’s worth in God’s eyes. But we are duty-bound to make judgments about people’s actions, including when they are sinful.
(2) we human beings are all in danger of hell unless we repent of our sins and turn to God.

27
Mar

CRICKET NOW AN UN-SPORT? throwing away something good.

In recent times, Australians have been repeatedly reminded of our sporting heroes being unsporting – not “playing the game” anymore, ethics-wise.
In cricket it seems extra disappointing — sledging, brawling and ball-tampering throw away cricket’s traditional “gentlemanly” image.
This decline coincides with polls telling us that the biggest religious category amongst Australians is now “No Religion”.
I suppose if there was no God, there would be no reason to do the right thing.
There would be no “right” for a thing to be.
If we devote our Sundays to sport and to generally ignoring God, the next generation may be no better than this one.

23
Mar

CHILDCARE WORKERS WALK-OFF: and the notion of keeping one’s child at home.

by Arnold Jago in Family, Lifestyle, Women, Youth

People in the child-care industry are threatening to walk off the job if they don’t get more pay.
They are organising a “Keep Your Child at Home Day” to draw attention to their claims.
One claim is that low pay encourages high staff turnover — whereas children need continuity in order to bond with teachers.
If it’s helpful to have a one-off “keep child at home day”, may it do even more good to keep children at home every day?
Bonding with one’s mum seven days a week would give excellent continuity.
In today’s society, many people feel they can’t afford that.
Perhaps our society needs changing so that we can afford it?
First up, we need to ask ourselves do we really want to make the change?
If not, why not?