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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27
Jul

CLINTON AND SANDERS BRAWL OVER RELIGION AND POLITICS: donald trump will be pleased.

Hillary Clinton seeks to distance herself from an alleged conspiracy by Democratic Party leadership to label Sanders an “atheist” — thus frightening off southern evangelicals etc.
Mrs Clinton comments that it is “wrong and unacceptable” to bring religion into the political process.
A politically shrewd remark perhaps.
But rather question-begging.
Why is it wrong?
What does “wrong” mean?
Isn’t distinguishing between right and wrong an entirely religious act?
Mrs Clinton herself introduces a religious act into a political debate.
A better principle would be that we must ALWAYS bring religion into political debate.
Political debate doesn’t need no religion – it needs more and better religion.

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26
Jul

U.S. ELECTION CAMPAIGN SUGGESTS THAT DEMOCRACY IS A BIT OF A WORRY: some say that all the aternatives are worse

The most newsworthy people in the world at present are probably the four remaining candidates in the United States’ presidential (and vice-presidential) election.
Mr Trump says he’s a Christian. Yes, he seems to have some genuineness about his beliefs. But his eccentricities and inconsistencies are a worry. Likewise, his number of wives.
Mr Pence seems to be not a Catholic, but staunchly speaking and living by Catholic morals.
Mrs Clinton seems to have little time for religion or “values” — being a kind of utilitarian “whatever-works” politician’s politician.
Mr Kaine is pleased to announce that he is a Catholic, meanwhile abandoning just about every known Catholic ethical stance.
The optimal outcome could be for the Trump-Pence team to win and for Mr Trump to then retire gracefully, leaving Mr Pence in charge.
It’s interesting to consider the comment made by Australia’s Saint Mary MacKillop to her sisters regarding elections:
It is a duty on us all to vote. Find out who are the members proposed for the election and vote for those considered friendly to the Church and Religion. Every so-called Catholic is not the best man.”

20
Jul

SONIA KRUGER, ISLAM, MIGRATION: is she right and why (or why not)?

TV host, Sonia Kruger is in the news. She doesn’t want any more Muslims migrating to Australia.
She said: “I want to feel safe…. There is a correlation between the number of people who are Muslim in a country and the number of terrorism attacks….”
Many people have calling Kruger some well-known names.
However ex-PM, Tony Abbott said: “The personal challenge for Muslims is to make the most of the opportunity to join Team Australia…. In my view it’s very hard to reconcile what’s in the Koran with a modern secular pluralist democracy.”
So what IS in the Koran?
Anybody reading it for the first time may find it incomprehensible.
The verses seem not to follow in logical sequence.
Muslim scholars spend lifetimes debating what stage in Muhammad’s life particular verses relate to.
There are also apparent contradictions — especially over how Muslims should treat non-Muslims (referred to as “idolaters”, i.e. Jews and Christians).
The orthodox Muslim explanation is that the chapters (suras) written later in the Prophet’s life override or “abrogate” the earlier ones.
The last sura to be composed was, as I understand it, sura 9.
So what sura 9 says trumps any others that seem to contradict it.
Verse 5 of sura 9 says: “…slay the idolaters wherever you find them….”
Experts may say that this verse doesn’t mean what it says, but any Muslim wanting to slay some unbelievers can use it to justify doing so.
Muhammad personally participated in killings of unbelievers.
The more a Muslim follows the example of his founder, the more trouble everybody is in.
That cannot be said about the Christian (or most other) religions.

11
Jul

PAULINE HANSON WANTS A ROYAL COMMISSION RE ISLAM: something to think about.

Controversial politician Pauline Hanson is calling for a Royal Commission into whether Islam is a religion or an ideology.
What is it exactly about an “ideology” that distinguishes it from a religion?
From a Christian point of view, isn’t it about the understanding that we must hate sin yet love sinners — even to love one’s enemies?
Adherents of ideologies, on the other hand, typically hate what they consider wrong ideas — and also to hate the people holding those ideas.
They want unbelievers either dead or at least functionally dead — as in the “dhimmitude” historically imposed on non-Muslims living in Islamic countries.
A lot of people are confused about what Islam really is.
A properly conducted Royal Commission might shed a bit of light.
Is Islam really a “religion-of-peace”?
Or isn’t it?

27
Jun

TRYING TO THINK STRAIGHT ABOUT MARRIAGE: and about what marriage isn’t.

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Family

Everybody knows that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.
It’s literally a question of common sense.
Marriage isn’t the same as any other human relationship.
The word “marriage” comes from the French word for “mother” (mere).
The word “matrimony” comes from the Latin word for “mother” (mater).
Marriage is the relationship that can naturally lead to motherhood.
If the word “marriage” means anything at all, “gay marriage” isn’t a possibility. It’s a contradiction in terms.
Potentially baby-creating sexual union is the key to the purpose of marriage and to what it is.
Whatever two women or two men choose to do in their private lives is their business — but it cannot constitute marriage.
Whatever kinds of sexual stimulations they share, their outcome cannot, by their nature, be the creation of a baby.
Their relationship does not equal a marriage.

25
Jun

SO-CALLED SAFE SCHOOLS PROGRAM: not what it seems. beware! (especially girls and women beware)

The controversial Safe Schools program used in many Australian schools is supposedly designed to curb bullying.
But is it really?
Visit the website of the Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV) which made the program up.
It’s at https://sscv.org.au/
The site’s home page announces: “We are dedicated to supporting sexual diversity, intersex and gender diversity in Victorian schools….”
Not apparently dedicated to addressing important causes of bullying like race, obesity and disability — they aren’t even mentioned.
No. This is a program of indoctrination — imposing so-called progressive gender-theory ideas on our children.
The more you check the SSCV website — and the links recommended on it — the more obvious the dangers of the program become.
A helpful overview of all these issues can be found at the Kid’s Rights website:

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