‘Australia’ Category Archives
ANZAC gives us time to reflect on the futile hideousness of war.
Also on how — human nature being basically good — peace will overcome evil if we try hard to copy the courage of the ANZACS.
Unfortunately, this second reflection isn’t true.
Today’s world has reached a point where wishful thinking can no longer keep us dumbed-down like before.
Meanness, lying, bullying, hatred – these dominate both our personal lives and international geo-politics.
What to do?
There are many options, e.g. pre-emptively blow North Korea apart, teach children gender-inclusiveness, adopt various postures towards Islam, impose sanctions on certain nation-states…?
None of these measures are sufficiently practical.
The most practical thing you and I can do is to pray.
How about an extra hour of praying per day?
On the contrary, if you don’t do it, I think you won’t have any time at all.
None of us will.
Time, for humans, may well be no more.
by Arnold Jago in Australia, Death, Ethics, Modern Church
Last week, Victoria’s bishops issued a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Victoria about Euthanasia.
Obviously, they’re against euthanasia.
And they remind us that those places where euthanasia has been legalised have subsequently broadened, step by step, the categories of persons eligible to be killed.
For example, in Belgium, euthanasia is now legal for children as well as adults.
In the Netherlands, people aged over 70 who feel “tired of life” are now eligible.
In Belgium, euthanasia may now be legally done on psychological grounds.
The “slippery slope” is not a theoretical thing – it’s a reality, killing off vulnerable persons every day, including today.
ANTI-CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION: is it genocide? what’s wrong with the Australian government? are they a bit anti-Christian too?
by Arnold Jago in Australia, crime, Persecution, Politics
Two Sundays ago, churches in two Egyptian cities were bombed, killing over 40 Christians.
Day in, day out, an average of over 250 Christians worldwide are killed by terrorists.
In February 2016, the European Parliament recognised such killings as “genocide”.
In June 2016, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria recognised such killings as “genocide”.
In March 2017, the United States House of Representatives voted 383-0 to recognise such killings as “genocide”.
The Australian government?
So far, they’ve made no such comment, despite requests to do so.
Last week, Australia’s Michael Sukkar MP told Sky News “there needs to be a political awakening and movement for people who want to practise their faith in peace.”
He called on Parliament to recognise such atrocities against Christians as “genocide” — to maintain pressure on the international community.
There’s a petition supporting this call that you and I can sign at:
Last week, some (Fairfax) newspapers carried an article about “how Good Friday in Australia compares to the rest of the world”.
Saying that, “Good Friday just got slightly more lively in Australia”…referring to the (yawn) AFL football match.
What could be more un-lively than large sweaty men brawling for possession of a ball?
And that, “still the quietest day of the year…Good Friday is no big deal”.
Incorrect. Quietness is a very big deal – a scarce commodity, worth cherishing where it survives.
Quiet minds become full of thoughts – about life, about purpose, about meaning, about God….
Yet, mostly, don’t we avoid quiet, preferring distractions — about food, about feeling good, about kidding ourselves we look good…?
“Stop it at the Start” is a government program to curb domestic violence by eliminating disrespectful language.
Domestic violence causes 10 percent of deaths among young Australian women.
It’s urgent to stop using slogans like “boys will be boys” as excuses for men hitting women.
Women aren’t merely objects for men’s sexual gratification – or just cheap cooks.
But why not?
We need a compelling reason that young men can relate to.
There is one:
Women, like men, are God’s children — two sexes to work together with God in creating new life — in the context of families based on marriage.
That’s the reason.
Government programs will never mention it.
It’s up to the Church to proclaim Marriage as a Sacrament — part of the natural law, written into human nature and our universe.
The Church’s credibility isn’t what it should be?
No. But who else is there to promulgate this life-or-death truth?
by Arnold Jago in Australia, Entertainment, Faith, Lifestyle, sport
Something new in 2017 — AFL football on Good Friday, the holiest day of the Christian year.
Because it’s another case of the Christian faith being desecrated?
Not just that — Christians can get used to that.
But for everybody it’s a worry that with so many dilemmas in today’s world — violence, poverty, sexual deviations, disintegrating families, freedom of speech threatened, sacredness-of-life issues etc….
Issues with an ethical/moral/spiritual basis – we never seem to find time to think about them properly.
We don’t help ourselves by frittering away with endless sporting extravaganzas all days traditionally set aside to reflect on fundamentals.
A missed opportunity.