SAINT MARY OF THE CROSS
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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 . . . .
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.