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.

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TREES, PAGES, IDEAS AND LIFE: how to know things (anything)

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, God, Truth

When you look at a tree you know definitely that in your mind (which you think lives inside your head) there is the idea of a tree.
But do you know definitely that the tree really exists out there, outside your head?
Come to think of it, do you know that your head exists?
Or is your head something that only exists in your head?
Are these silly questions?
Not really.
You feel as though you’re reading this page, but can you know absolutely that there is a page?
Something or somebody definitely existing (not a tree or a page) put the idea in your head.
It must have been God.
He must have done so for a reason.
He wants you to enjoy the ideas that he gives you and to relate to them in the way he wants.
How to find out what he wants?
Ask him.
He is willing to reveal himself. In fact, out of his love, he has done so and is doing so.
It’s called religion.
But it must be true religion, not a hateful one.
The above thoughts are interesting to think about.
And essential to base our lives on.

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CHINA AND AUSTRALIA’S CASINO INDUSTRY: not a good bun-fight to get involved in

Three Australian employees of Crown Resorts are in prison in China.
The Chinese government is currently cracking down on corruption.
President Xi Jinping is sick of foreign companies like Crown who provide a service assisting wealthy Chinese money-laundering crooks to thumb their noses at Chinese law.
It’s commonly conceded that “casinos breed crime” — perhaps equally true to say that casinos are crime.
Isn’t gambling intrinsically evil — fostering greed, envy, theft, parasitism and idolatry?
Idolatry being the worst — thumbing one’s nose at God.
As the Bible says, you cannot serve (idolise) both God and money. (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 6)
Small time gambling like a “flutter” on the Melbourne Cup or at the Bingo is generally considered fairly harmless.
But it isn’t.


HUMAN “GENDER-FLUIDITY”: is it true? so what?

Are there really multiple “fluid” genders — not just two sexes but numerous image-identities (non-binary, pan-gender etc.)?
Apart from seeming slightly silly, could such teachings harm students?
Perhaps the multiple-gender notion itself mightn’t be so harmful.
But fluidity-merchants have a dangerous unspoken dogma to promote.
They want to reinforce in children an un-thinking world-view that reality is how you feel.
Which makes promiscuity OK.
No need to think about sex — if you feel like it, why not just do it.
No need to think about other people — why not just use them?
No need to think about right and wrong — isn’t everything relative?
No need to think about God because – they desperately want people to believe this — “hasn’t science disproved God?”
If young people acknowledge God’s existence, they are on the way to thinking – including thinking about doing what is right by other people.



Recently ABC’s Four Corners featured an Amnesty International report on conditions for refugees on Nauru — describing them as “torture”.
It highlighted video of run-down hospital wards and unsanitary school toilets.
It’s now known that these pictures were unrepresentative of present conditions.
Doubtless, some aspects of life on Nauru are a bit rough, but by world standards they aren’t too bad.
ABC and AI seem to enjoy muckraking. Where there’s no muck they invent it.
AI’s original role in the 1960s was mobilising supporters to write letters requesting release of prisoners of conscience.
Now it’s less a grass-roots fighter for the underdog – more like an international corporation in the grievance business.
To AI, the right to life of the ultimate underdogs – unborn children – isn’t a human right that concerns them.
AI actively leans on governments around the world to promote unrestricted abortion.
At this moment, they’re interfering in the affairs of Chile, Poland, Zambia and Northern Ireland, for example.
While getting this basic black-and-white issue wrong, they’re unlikely to get much else right.


FOLLOW THE SINISTER CHINESE/AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT-MEDIATED MONEY TRAIL: new ideas come from academia and/or whoever funds the academy

Any university accepting money from the Chinese government can expect to be leaned on to become a mouthpiece for pro-Chinese political propaganda.
Is that a worry?
Australian government schools and “independent” schools accepting Australian government money find themselves pressured into teaching secular, utilitarian, dumbed-down, emotivism.
That’s a big worry.
With politicians paying the piper, parents of government-funded schools must cop the meaninglessly perverse tune.
Such schools have relinquished any option of remaining values-based.
Are the pro-death (death by abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide etc.) and anti-family (same-sex marriage and fluid-gender-cult-preaching) governments of Australia any better values-wise than the government of China?
For would-be values-valuing institutions, money from either of those sources is money to not even think about touching with a barge-pole.


CASHLESS “HEALTHY WELFARE CARD”: working well, now what?

The Australian federal government’s Healthy Welfare Card, trialled in Kununurra and Ceduna, transmits 80 percent of welfare payments by means of a cashless debit card, not spendable on alcohol or gambling.
In both centres ambulance call-outs to alcohol-related violence and spending on gambling have significantly fallen.
The Mayor of Ceduna says communities troubled by results of alcohol and gambling excesses “would be silly not to trial the Card”.
I believe my community certainly needs to do it.
Yours, dear reader, probably does, too.
It might be a good move to all tell our federal MP to please set up a trial locally, and soon.