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.

Meet the REAL Mary MacKillop. Get a MacKillop’s-eye view of our world. Keep visiting this blog.



27
Feb

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS, GILLIAN TRIGGS, BRAWLING POLITICIANS: who, if anybody, can help?

About Gillian Triggs, president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission . . . .

Her Report on children in immigration detention describes human rights of children being breached – assaults, mental health disorders etc.

Whoever is responsible stands condemned. Particularly whoever put them on the smuggler’s boats in the first place — their parents.

Most boat-people leave from Indonesia, where they weren’t at life-threatening risk.

Unlike millions world-wide whose situations are urgently dangerous.

Including many Australian-born Australian children — over 150,000 of whom per year are harmed or at risk of harm from abuse and neglect — 40,000 per year requiring removal from their homes.

Meanwhile Australia’s citizens sit watching televised child-abuse and adult-abuse every night.

Their offspring doing internet games featuring beheadings and splatterings — or messaging their peers that they are disgusting and should kill themselves.

Australia’s whole culture is a spiritual vacuum. About which neither Mr Turnbull nor J. Bishop can achieve any more than Mr Abbott.

Politicians can’t/won’t fix it.

Perhaps the Church . . . ?

Yes, the Church must go on the warpath defending virtue and condemning vice – in politics, in the media and (of course) in the Church itself.

 

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23
Feb

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS “MODERATE ISLAM”? hope is a virtue, an important one….

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Multiculturalism, Truth

Have a look at this:

www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/fiery_imam_denounces_terror

This Imam appears sincere.

Why not give him the benefit of whatever doubt there may be?

If civilisation is to have a future, there will have to be a lot of this kind of message. This could be a start.

Some people will say that he isn’t sincere. (“taqiyya” and all that . . . .)

Such a reaction would be wrong.

The Good Samaritan could have said, “I’m getting out of here. That fellow mightn’t be injured but have mates waiting in the bushes for me to get off my horse and then assault me . . . .”

But he didn’t, he took the risk. (Gospel of Saint Luke, chapter 10)

 

21
Feb

COPTIC CHRISTIANS MURDERED. WHY? is it basically about religion or not?

21 Coptic Christians murdered on the beach . . . .

Mr. Obama, addressing the White House “extremism conference” saying:

 “Leading up to this summit, there’s been a fair amount of debate in the press and among pundits about the words we use to describe and frame this challenge, so I want to be very clear about how I see it . . . .

“Al Qaeda and ISIL and groups like it are desperate for legitimacy. They try to portray themselves as religious leaders, holy warriors in defensc of Islam.”

But, said Mr. Obama . . . .

“We must never accept the premise that they put forward, because it is a lie . . . they are not religious leaders — they’re terrorists . . . .”

But is this distinction a valid one?

The ISIS soldiers know their cause is based on their religious beliefs.

They Christians whom they beheaded knew that the reason for their murder was religion-based.

The solution to all this will have to be religious.

It looks like being a long time coming.

Mr. Obama may not be contributing very helpfully.

The Obama motives are something we of the general public will never know.

Anyway, anybody with an interest in the topic should have a look at this:

http://www.lapidomedia.com/message-signed-with-blood-to-nation-cross

Is Mr. Durie right?

Any comments welcome.

 

 

20
Feb

CHINESE NEW YEAR: coincides with Ash Wednesday this year

This week, if you went to “google” something, you were confronted by a cartoon of a sheep head-butting a tree.

Entertaining if you like cartoons.

Harmless anyway, one supposes . . . ?

Well it’s based on Chinese astrology.

Astrology is a dabbling — however watered-down — in the occult.

Best left alone.

Unmentioned and unmentionable in polite value-free society is that last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday.

At local churches, hundreds of thousands of Australians had ash in the shape of a Cross applied to their foreheads.

The priest told them, “Repent, and believe the Gospel.” (words of Jesus Christ, from Saint Mark’s gospel)

This ritual marks the beginning of Lent — the season preparing our minds for the coming celebration the Easter mystery.

Australians know well the harsh reality of bushfires on the landscape — reducing everything to ash, reminding us that we are dust.

Yet bushfires also have a cleansing and purifying action.

The land is stripped clean so that new life may emerge.

 

19
Feb

BULLYING, HOMOSEXUALITY & THE VULNERABLE YOUNG: mixed and counter-productive messages

We should all oppose all bullying in schools or anywhere.

Federally, the Department of Education and Training has set up the ‘Safe Schools’ program – with a Safe Schools Hub, Safe Schools Toolkit, a Bullying No Way! Website and a ‘National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence’ planned for Friday 20 March 2015.

Excellent.

But watch out . . . .

There’s another similar-sounding movement calling itself “Safe Schools Coalition”.

Not so excellent.

The “Coalition” says it’s against bullying – but only ever mentions bullying related to homosexuality, transgenderism etc.

In fact its message is acceptance and approval of homosexuality itself – using posters, homosexual/straight groups, promoting homosexual “pride” marches etc.

The previous federal government promised $8 million to help spread this program.

$2 million has already been paid….

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews intends compelling all Victoria’s state secondary schools to participate.

What to do?

For a start, the Federal Government should cancel the remaining $6 million earmarked for this campaign.

A petition saying so can be signed at:

www.fava.org.au/_r1558/media/system/attrib/file/217/Open%20Letter%20to%20Tony%20Abbott%20November%202014-web.pdf#sthash.gXB7Jrnt.dpuf

 

12
Feb

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: a morality-undermining cop-out?

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is a commercial phenomenon which, by written word and screen depiction, is making heaps of money.

Presumably the title plays on the concept of some things being, not black-and-white morally, but somewhere in between on a kind of grey spectrum.

Which is nonsense. Take a page of newsprint. The grey areas are made up of black and white dots.

If they look grey it’s because you haven’t got up close and examined in detail.

Here is part of a poem by G. K. Chesterton:

“The men that sell what others make,
As vultures eat what others slay,
Will prove in matching plume with plume
That naught is black and all is grey . . . .
Grey as those dingy doves that once,
By money-changers palmed and priced,
Amid the crash of tables flapped
And huddled from the wrath of Christ . . . .

But raised for ever for a sign
Since God made anger glorious,
Where eagles black and vultures grey
Flocked back about the heroic house . . . .
Where war is holier than peace,
Where hate is holier than love,
Shone terrible as the Holy Ghost
An eagle whiter than a dove.”

Read Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 21. It might improve our understanding of what appears above.

(www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+21&version=KJV)