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.

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13
Nov

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS: on what are they based? on what should they be based?

Some people want to take away the freedom of so-called “faith-based” schools to teach traditional understandings about sex, marriage and morals.
How about that?
For a start, the term “faith-based” is a distraction.
Anybody using their reason can see that God is real — and that there’s a natural moral law built into the universe.
Faith isn’t actually the basis of teaching true religion.
Faith comes later, after reason.
Schools seeking to teach true religion might, perhaps, more logically be called “reason-based”.
It’s government schools, with their cult-like dogmas of fundamentalist gender-theory, which fail the reason test.
Perhaps they might, in all honesty, call themselves “superstition-based”.

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6
Nov

SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES: still in the too-hard basket?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Health, Lifestyle

Gonorrhoea infections increased 60 per cent in Australia in the last five years.
According to ABC online, 6 November, “no-one really knows why”.
And Syphilis increased 200 per cent in some northern Australian communities. Prof Ward from SA’s Health and Medical Research Institute says, “a major awareness campaign” is underway.
Awareness of what?
Condoms?
But condoms seem not very on-turning — who prefers washing their feet with their socks on?
What else is there?
How about chastity — no sex until you marry and then only with the person you’ve married?
Whether we like it or not, the reason why people get sexually transmitted infections is still sexual promiscuity.
A prayer that some people use daily includes these words:
“May our inmost soul be pure, and the folly of impurity find in us no place . . . so that when day has gone, and night, as God planned, has returned, we may be found free from sin through our self-restraint….”

3
Nov

EMOTIONAL BLACKMAIL REIGNS SUPREME: reason and religion both go out of the window

Australians with traditional views about family and human life issues are pretty much un-represented in our parliaments.
The federal Coalition government consists largely of turn-coats and wishy-washies.
The only Party Leader clearly defending conservative values seems to be Mr. Bernardi.
Blaming this situation on “a decline of belief in religion” isn’t good enough.
What we’ve let ourselves lose isn’t only religion.
The emotive arguments used by same-sex marriage and euthanasia activists are simply not rational.
Yes, we’re under pressure to give up on reason itself.

24
Oct

SHARE BIKES: what a pity, a symptom of something?

An idea, in theory, so brilliant and promising:
Inexpensive, exercise-promoting, exhaust smoke-free….
The results, in practice, so disgusting:
Junk everywhere, maintenance neglected, pedestrians fractured….
What’s the problem?
The problem is human nature itself, with its four built-in flaws:
Its ignorance, weakness, cravings and malice.
The answer?
The answer is a completely changed mentality – a commitment to loving one’s neighbour and to the common good.
Attention, Catholic bishops and Catholic educators!
The Gospel entrusted to you to proclaim is not getting proclaimed.
Quit compromising. Start proclaiming — by word and by example.
Your God is waiting for you to do your job.
Perhaps we could all have a look at our word and example. There may be some room for improvement.

17
Oct

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE MEXICO CITY POLICY: abortion here compared with there.

by Arnold Jago in Abortion, Australia, Politics

Adolph Hitler is supposed to have said, “We don’t ask you to kill Jews. We just want you not to stop us killing Jews.”
Australia’s abortionist doctors and their supporters seem to be saying, “You don’t need to kill babies. Just don’t stop us killing them.”
In parts of Australia, GP doctors are obliged by state law to do baby-murders or — if a bit squeamish about murdering personally – to refer would-be aborting mothers to doctors with fewer hang-ups.
Meanwhile, President Trump recently reinstituted America’s “Mexico City Policy” which prohibits US agencies from providing or funding abortions overseas.
This Policy, enacted in 1984 by President Reagan, scrapped under Clinton and Obama, is now eventually restored as from 15 May 2017.
Mr. Trump has also slashed funding to top local abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
So, if you don’t like Donald for whatever reason, bear in mind that he’s at least in a different category of human being from many murderous individuals holding top jobs around Australia.

11
Oct

SAME-SEX PLEBISCITE AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS: what does the future hold?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Family, Politics

Traditionally-minded people will be pleased if the No-vote wins this marriage plebiscite.
What to do if the result is a Yes-vote?
Must they concede their loss while pleading for free speech and religious freedom exemptions?
No, for Christians it’s a case of:
“Religious freedoms are something God has built into us.
“We don’t need the government, thanks.
“With or without their blessing, we’ll keep expressing the gospel as best we can.
“Lock us up, crucify us — physically or mentally – suit yourself.
“Our only worry is to make sure we express ourselves in a loving and charitable manner.”