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.



2
Feb

BROOKE FRASER FROM HILLSONG AND HER GRAMMY: good news perhaps.

The other day, at the 60th Grammy awards in New York, Brooke Fraser received a Grammy for her now-famous song “What a Beautiful Name”.
It’s popular all right – having so far had 115,124,286 Youtube views.
Interestingly, Fraser has two separate careers on the go.
Calling herself by her married name, Brooke Ligertwood, she does “Christian” music.
But also stage performances and folk-pop-electronic albums — including “Brutal Romantic” — as Brooke Fraser.
With all this apparent worldly success, questions can’t help arising.
Like who is who is putting in — and who is scooping off — the big money involved?
Is this lady genuinely a Christian or not?
Well I don’t know. And neither you nor I are probably ever going to know.
Lots of her lyrics come more or less straight from the Bible.
Surely that can’t be bad.
Best perhaps to give her the benefit of whatever misgivings one may have.

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1
Feb

LOSS OF FREEDOM IN THE NAME OF “SECURITY”: new laws with a whiff of anti-Catholicism?

Following alleged Chinese government influences being exerted on Australian businesses, political parties and universities the federal government plans new security laws.
Foreign donations in Australian political campaigns will be banned.
Journalists’ freedom to gather information will be curtailed – mere possession of “sensitive information” becoming punishable even if it isn’t published.
Foreign lobbyists will have to register themselves and declare who they are working for.
The Australian Conference of Catholic Bishops doesn’t like this last one.
Will people involved in Catholic charities, schools or social advocacy groups have to register as agents of a “foreign power” – namely the Vatican?
Might Catholic-related groups like the St Vincent de Paul Society have to register — because at times they comment on the ethics of political party policies which affect the homeless, refugees etc.
Freedom of speech in Australia can no longer be taken for granted.
Some of it disappeared during the “same-sex-marriage” debate.
The screws may tighten up further under the influence of the Prime Minister’s “freedom-of-religion” panel headed by Mr. Ruddock.
The panel membership includes no person known for conservative or traditional Catholic beliefs on these issues.

31
Jan

DANIEL ANDREWS IS RIGHT ABOUT “PILL-TESTING”: the need to stay rational….

Last week several people at a Melbourne Festival Hall dance required treatment for breathing difficulties after taking a drug.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is again under pressure to legalise pill-testing at such functions.
No, says the premier, he won’t, because “there is no safe level at which these drugs can be taken….”
Greens Party leader, Richard Di Natale, says Mr Andrews “has his head in the sand” — because young people will always experiment with drugs….
Being opposed by the Greens may be a good sign — many of their policies betray contempt for the rule of law and for human beings as potentially rational creatures.
It won’t be easy for Premier Andrews to stick to principle on this one.
Let’s hope he does.
We need to turn the tide away from irresponsible weak-minded “pragmatic” attitudes.

18
Jan

HOW TO MAKE YOUR CHILD PHYSICALLY AND/OR MENTALLY UNWELL: just keep up the not-so-good work!

Australian children are being increasingly exposed to indoctrination.
Learning how gender is something fluid — not necessarily one of two kinds.
And how having two “parents” of the same sex is normal.
And how the key to a person’s identity what sex-related practice turns him/her on.
And how whatever turns you on is your “right” — so long as we pretend nobody else is getting hurt.
So adultery, fornication, casual sex, lust etc. are all OK now.
Since Biblical times, and before that, they were considered bad and perverse.
Perhaps it’s time we took them seriously again.
Let’s teach children that other people aren’t there just to gratify them.
First, of course, we’d have to ourselves stop thinking and acting badly.
Perhaps we don’t feel like making that change.
So maybe forget all about it.
If we do, stand by and watch youth suicides, adult suicides, sexually-transmitted diseases and a few other things keep increasing.

17
Jan

CHILD PROTECTION? CHILD INDOCTRINATION? GENDER THEORY? Australia getting it wrong. Other places doing better….

The government of Peru is about to withdraw a 2016 national school curriculum following opposition to its “gender ideology” from parent’s group #ConMisHijosNoTeMetas (which translates as “don’t mess with my children.”)
In March 2017, the group organised marches — 1.5 million people demonstrating against the “progressive” gender ideology.
In August, Peru’s Superior Court of Justice ruled in favor of a lawsuit against the Department of Education — arguing that the curriculum was an attempt to indoctrinate schoolchildren.
What if 1.5 million Australian parents came out on the streets demonstrating against government-imposed “Safe Schools” (and similar) so-called anti-bullying programs?
Might that bring about an end to our children’s exposure to gender-cultic disinformation?
Do we care enough to at least have a try?

15
Jan

AUSTRALIA DAY, JANUARY 26: Pat Cash wants it changed. Do you?

Pat Cash doesn’t want to observe Australia Day on January 26.
He’s upset about on-going poverty in many Aboriginal communities.
Yes, white people have treated Aborigines badly at times.
Mostly we’re not actively hostile — just unsure how to do better in our inter-racial relationships.
Mostly we can’t see how changing the Australia Day date would help.
Since time began, every country has experienced population inter-minglings which modified and devastated the old ways.
A land like Australia was never going to stay hunter-gatherer land.
That being so, the best we can do now is to express mutual respect and — where appropriate — mutual forgiveness.
Mr. Cash’s involvement in a charity working with aboriginal communities sounds great.
Maybe more of us should do the same, finding ways to do good things together.
One very good thing being to let bygones be bygones — and celebrate Australia Day as one.