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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7
May

FATIMA ANNIVERSARY: what does it mean for us today?

A hundred years ago (May 13, 1917) three uneducated Portuguese children experienced a mystical apparition.
A Lady — whom they took to be Mary the mother of Jesus Christ – visited them six times, on the thirteenth day of each month, May to October 1917.
The visits became well-known. On October 13, a crowd of perhaps 70,000 assembled.
Many reported seeing a spectacular phenomenon in the sky — referred to as the Miracle of the Sun.
The Lady’s message took the form of three “Secrets”.
The First predicted forthcoming events involving Russia.
The Second foretold the soon-coming World War.
The Third remained literally secret until disclosed by Pope John Paul II after his 1981 near-assassination.
It referred to that shooting and to ever-increasing persecution of Christian believers — the message being introduced by an angel crying out, “Penance, Penance, Penance!”
In recent years, “Fatima” has become almost an industry, with commercialisation, conspiracy-theories etc.
But its basic message is simple: What this world needs is Penance — admitting our sins to God and letting him re-make our lives and our world.
First up, Christians must start going to Confession (the sacrament of Penance) regularly.

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2
May

MESSAGES FROM TWO POPES: appealing to reason?

Pope Benedict XVI is still alive.
The other day, when turning 90, he wrote:
“The clash between radically-atheistic conceptions of the State and the emergence of a radically-religious state in the Islamist movements, leads our time into an explosive situation….”
In 2006, Pope Benedict made a famous speech quoting a 14th century emperor:
“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you’ll find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.
“God is not pleased by blood . . . whoever would lead someone to faith needs the ability to speak well and to reason properly, without violence and threats.”
Pope Francis, on the other hand, has just visited the more-or-less radically-religious Islamic state of Egypt.
Francis’s opinion about Islam is that “it’s not right to identify Islam with violence….”
These two Popes can’t both be right.

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1
May

THE MAY 7 FRENCH ELECTION: pretty important issues affecting the whole world

Emmanuel Macron is favourite to become France’s president on May 7.
The election has been described as a choice between Le Pen and “Le Pawn”.
Pawn of what?
Macron’s background is in banking. Big banking. Macron’s employer from 2008 to 2012 was Banque Rothschild.
Predictably, he’s a supporter of the EU, open borders and the socialist status quo.
In 2007, Macron married a woman who, 20-odd years previously, was his (married) school teacher – older than Macron by 25 years.
You’d think the last thing a country like France needs is mass-immigration and trivialisation of traditional family and marriage.
Secure borders and respect for traditional marriage are among the main points of Macron’s rival, Marine Le Pen.
Interestingly, Le Pen’s attitudes to immigration are very similar to those expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (section 2241).

27
Apr

THE “SOCIAL” MEDIA: addictive, idolatrous, mind-numbing and handy for keeping billionaires affluent.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Media, Money

Social media fans can, and do, watch murders, suicides and rapes live.
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, concedes that his video-streaming service caters for “the most personal and emotional and raw and visceral” communication.
YouTube and Twitter appeal to similar instincts.
Top political science commentator, Dr Jennifer Oriel, when asked why she doesn’t use Twitter, said it’s because Twitter is in the main “a brutal medium”.
Isn’t she right?
She’s right not to use it.
So should we all not….
At least not until everybody starts loving their neighbour as it says in the Book.
Inadequate filtering technologies certainly aren’t the problem.
We are the problem.

25
Apr

ANZAC: time to reflect??????

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?
No time?
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.

22
Apr

EUTHANASIA: who needs it? who decides?

Last week, Victoria’s bishops issued a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Victoria about Euthanasia.
Obviously, they’re against euthanasia.
Why not?
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.