‘Faith’ Category Archives

3
Jan

GOOD THOUGHTS FOR THE COMING YEAR: from Queen Elizabeth II.

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, Jesus

Did you watch/hear the Queen’s Christmas speech?
I think it is very good.

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27
Dec

CHRISTMAS: an embarrassment? an opportunity wasted?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, Family, Happiness, Lifestyle, Truth

Are you happy that Christmas is, at last, over and done with?
But it isn’t.
The Christmas Season — originating long before department stores, commercial Santa etc. — doesn’t end until January 6 (Epiphany Day).
What has finished is Advent — the four-week season of spiritual preparation leading into Christmas — often wasted on materialistic distractions.
Yes, for many, Christmas is an embarrassment — to cope with which one now concentrates on the Boxing Day cricket match, fine-tuning one’s blood alcohol level etc.
At ANZAC, we remind each other without embarrassment to behave in ways worthy of the sacrifices of our fallen troops.
During the next week-and-a-bit, could we focus on Baby Jesus and the man he became and the gospel he taught and the death he died?

6
Dec

CHRISTMAS: why bother?

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Faith, Family, Forgiving, Happiness, History, Jesus, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Multiculturalism, Truth, Youth

Why celebrate Christmas?
Because we can’t help liking, honouring and admiring this unique person, Jesus Christ.
He was the ultimate one-off.
Above all, see how he totally refused to compromise.
When his challenging message was leading inevitably to his own painful death, he made his message even more challenging, more confronting.
There was no mistaking it:
“Love your enemies!”
Pray to God, saying:
“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us!”
Yes, the Christian church is faulty — tragically unworthy of him who founded it….
Yet it’s in the church that we can hear his gospel read and preached.
In the church we can meet together with others who at least have a go at living Christ’s way.
Jesus Christ, born so long ago, can make you and me better.
He offers a motive for our children to grow into people who are better.
That’s why Christmas is important.
Have a good one.

27
Nov

THE CHURCH’S FOCUS FOR NEXT YEAR: the gospel according to Saint Matthew.

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Jesus, Modern Church

Today is the first Sunday of Advent — from the Church’s viewpoint it’s the first Sunday of a new year.
For the last 12 months, the gospel readings for Mass have mostly come from Saint Luke’s gospel.
Now, for 12 months, they’ll come mostly from Saint Matthew’s gospel.
Interestingly, Matthew is probably the gospel least compatible with the “discernment-type” belief-system of Pope Francis.
Matthew’s first 2 chapters describe Jesus’ family tree, his birth and the 3 wise men visiting.
Then comes John the Baptist, his predecessor-prophet, with the message: “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Soon after that John is arrested – and that’s when Jesus starts his own public teaching ministry.
His theme? “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Sounds familiar?
But there’s a difference.
Jesus makes it clear that his message is to be even tougher than previous prophets.
More demanding in at least 6 areas.
They are spelt out in Matthew’s gospel chapter 5 (from verses 21 to 48).

21
Nov

POPE FRANCIS, CARDINAL BURKE & THE CHALLENGE TO FRANCIS’S ORTHODOXY: a progress (or lack of it) report

by Arnold Jago in Faith, Family, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Sacraments

Cardinal Raymond Burke and three other Cardinals have formally questioned the orthodoxy of Pope Francis’ March 2016 publication “Amoris Laetitia” concerning the “joy of love” in the context of Catholic marriage and family.
Their questions ask, in summary, whether Amoris Laetitia doesn’t contradict official Catholic teaching as per Pope John Paul II’s 1993 encyclical “Veritatis Splendor” — that “circumstances or intentions can never transform an act intrinsically evil by virtue of its object, into an act ‘subjectively’ good….”
Amoris Laetitia seems to say that people in adulterous relationships can receive Holy Communion.
The Pope hasn’t formally acknowledged or answered the questions.
He reportedly says the challenge is “not making me lose any sleep….”
“…sometimes criticisms are merely aimed at vindicating already fixed opinions. They are not honest; they are driven by a mean spirit to incite divisions.”
But is name-calling really good enough?

19
Nov

SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S EUTHANASIA REJECTION: seems the right thing, despite Mr Denton….

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Common Sense, Death, Faith

South Australia’s state parliament has rejected another bill to legalise “euthanasia” (the killing of certain categories of sick people).
The debate was settled by the casting vote of the speaker, Michael Atkinson.
Pro-euthanasia activist, Andrew Denton, is displeased with Mr Atkinson because he’s “deeply religious” and didn’t base his vote on “health grounds”.
But medical ethics clearly must intersect with religion — religion being principles and practices relating to ultimate reality.
Congratulations, Mr Atkinson, on your well-principled stand.