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.



28
Mar

EASTER THOUGHTS: guaranteed bunny and bilby-free . . . .

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Jesus, Persecution

“JESUS my Saviour,

At this holy time

Help me to remember

How you lived your life:

Helping poorest people.

Healing sick and blind.

Plus the things you taught us

And the way you died….”

“MEN crucified you.

Stupid and unjust.

You did not deserve it:

Fills me with disgust.

Yet your death is precious:

Fills my eyes with tears.

You took it out of love for God

And for sinners just like me….”

“SUDDENLY I’m filled with joy:

A different kind of tears.

Whatever be your will for me,

No sacrifice will I refuse:

Rich or poor, just as you please.

There’s nothing I would not attempt.

There’s nothing I would not accept.

To show my grateful love for you.”

Amen.

 

 

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24
Mar

A JOBS-BASED RECOVERY? what kind of Jobs?

by Arnold Jago in Ethics, Politics, Suffering

Every political party seems to say the same things:

“We’re the party of change.”

“We’re the party for small business.”

“We’re the party to create more jobs.”

Hang on a minute…. Are more jobs good? Always?

Does the local baby want mummy gone to a job (a job not looking after local baby)?

More jobs – spelt as above – are a two-edged sword.

What we do need is more Jobs (spelt with a capital “J”).

As per the Bible. Read the Book of Job. You’ll seldom find a better story.

It’s about re-considering our grievances re God permitting suffering — in the context of God’s almighty goodness.

Also how the only ethics that can change the world are the ethics of Virtue.

Virtues including Faith, Hope, Love, Fortitude, Temperance and Justice. Plus — last-but-not-least — Prudence.

The Prophet Job had these virtues.

We need more Jobs — more people like Job.

Soon, before everybody is blown up or beheaded.

Or falls asleep in front of the TV.

 

 

20
Mar

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND LEGALISING MARIJUANA: perching dangerously and amorally on the fence?

Twenty-three states in the USA have legalised marijuana for “medical” purposes.

And four states, plus Washington D.C., have legalised “recreational” marijuana.

President Obama says that if enough states reform their marijuana laws, “We may be able to make some progress on the decriminalisation side. At a certain point, if enough states end up decriminalising, then Congress may then reschedule marijuana.”

(www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/16/obama-marijuana-decriminalization_n_6881374.html)

In the real world, there is insufficient evidence, so far, to show marijuana offering anything indispensable for relief of medical complaints.

Time will tell.

What is certain is that smoking the unrefined weed will never be the way to prescribe it.

As for recreational use, that way lies madness. Even politicians must realise that.

Ask anybody working in a mental health facility how real is the marijuana-psychosis link.

 

12
Mar

A BETTER FUTURE? it might get worse first.

by Arnold Jago in Faith, God, Politics, Saints

 

Whatever else you do today, I ask you to take 5 minutes to look at the video-clip at this site:

http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/on_the_beheading_of_christians

Please watch it.

 

10
Mar

SACRED COWS IN INDIA: bull’s rights, women’s rights….

In the Indian state of Maharashtra the slaughter of bulls and the sale or possession of beef are to be banned.

The penalty being up to five years jail or a fine.

The “social media” are full of it — dividing the community.

The BBC quotes one woman saying: “It’s safer to be born a cow than a girl in India.”

Perhaps. Certainly safer to be a cow than an un-born baby.

In India (and nearly every country) legalised killing of the unborn goes on daily with scarcely an eyebrow raised.

Abortion is considered a right.

A right to consequence-free sex – and that outweighs the sacredness of human life . . . .

 

8
Mar

DEATH PENALTY FOR BALI DRUG-RUNNERS ETC. just or unjust?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Death, Justice

The Church has never taught that the death penalty is inherently unjust.

In 1995, Pope John Paul II wrote that cases meriting the death penalty are “very rare if not practically non-existent”. (Evangelium Vitae, 56)

In other words, capital punishment can — in certain exceptional circumstances — be permissible.

To believers, grave sin puts the criminal in danger of something worse than death — if unrepentant, he may merit eternal punishment in hell.

Australian courts may well never again sentence any particular criminal to death — but that wouldn’t necessitate changing the law to abolish capital punishment.

Legal capital punishment arguably increases, rather than decreases, reverence for human life.

Something to think about.