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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19
Jun

HOW TO GET BETTER POLITICAL LEADERSHIP: one tentative suggestion.

If you’re reading this, you qualify as part of what might be termed the politically-obsolescent demographic.
The experts are saying it’s the young — functionally-illiterate under-30s, reachable only by Smartphone, Facebook, Twitter etc. – who increasingly decide elections.
Often they seem to choose superficial show-ponies.
Everybody willing to know has known for years that human brain development isn’t complete until at least one’s late twenties.
If people under 30 didn’t vote, would our leadership improve?
It wouldn’t, I suppose, solve all our problems.
But it might solve a lot of them.

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12
Jun

EUTHANASIA: remembering why it is wrong and trying not to be side-tracked.

Some politicians still want euthanasia legalised.
The arguments they put up are based, not on reason, but on emotion.
They avoid defining the words they use.
The term “assisted dying” is especially confusing.
It sounds like being nice to someone who is already passing away.
But, in practice, it means murdering somebody.
Traditional Christian teaching does define its terms.
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….” *
Caring for the dying and disabled can be expensive in terms of money, time, love and compassion.
Do we care enough to make the effort – refusing to resort to intended killing?
(* Catholic Catechism, 2277)

8
Jun

TENNIS POLITICS: the thoughts of navratilova, court and goolagong

Martina Navratilova was the world’s top woman tennis player for most of the 1980s.
Australia’s Margaret Court was top woman player for most of the 1970s.
Now they are both back in the news.
Last week Navratilova released an “open letter” suggesting that Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena tennis facility be re-named — because Margaret Court publicly criticises homosexual practices and says she will boycott Qantas airline (which promotes homosexual lobbying).
Navratilova wants the venue’s name changed to Evonne Goolagong Arena. She accuses Court of being “racist”.
All very interesting.
Evonne Goolagong herself told SBS last January that, “Margaret’s my hero — great player, wonderful champion and true professional in every way.”
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/01/29/margaret-court-greatest-goolagong

6
Jun

JULIE BAIRD’S THOUGHTS ON TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT “TERROR”: maybe not good enough….

ABC television host, Julie Baird, has offered widely-circulated newspaper comments telling parents “how to talk to kids about terror”.
Some of it is good. Julie emphasises that, while taking care not to traumatise them, we mustn’t tell children untruths.
Well said.
Then she says we should inform children that what the terrorists do is “nothing to do with Islam”.
Isn’t that an untruth?
Children need to know what is in the Islamic holy writings – the Koran, the Hadith etc.
They need to know how the prophet Muhammad himself went about gaining converts.

3
Jun

AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TELLING US ALL ABOUT SEX: probably should stick to their knitting.

Every day more Australian businesses and individuals are pressured into compliance by the same-sex marriage lobby.
Now the Australian Medical Association has caved in – issuing, on May 27, a statement that:
(1) it’s the right of any adult consenting partners (regardless of sex) to have their relationship recognised under the Marriage Act.
(2) laws should prohibit businesses withholding goods or services from clients on the basis of sexual orientation.
(purely political views, not the business of the AMA to make pronouncements about.)
And:
(3) homosexual persons have poorer mental health and higher drug-abuse and suicide rates than others – “due to discrimination”.
(a subjective opinion, very hard to prove)
Ex-AMA head, Prof Kerryn Phelps, commented, “I don’t think the religious, cultural right-wing conservatives now have anywhere to hide….”
Do conservatives want to hide?
They’d probably settle for being able to live by and to express their beliefs free of persecution.

1
Jun

PORNOGRAPHY: does it matter? what to do?

In Britain, internet service providers must automatically block pornography unless the account-holder opts out by turning the filter off.
That doesn’t apply here.
Most people think it should.
Unhappily the percentage of people wanting greater restrictions is less in the under-40 age group (50 percent) compared with over-60s (90 percent).
Pornography causes broken marriages. It’s potentially addictive — altering how your brain behaves — as per the book “The Brain that Changes Itself” by Norman Doidge.
So what?
The Australian Summit Against Sexual Exploitation, held four weeks ago in Brisbane, recommended an expert government panel to investigate the public health hazards and social harms of pornography — and to recommend new laws.
Censorship is an unpopular concept, but garbage disposal isn’t.
Our young people are being demoralised and damaged. Doing nothing isn’t an option.
At present, even the lyrics of most youth-oriented songs are hardly suitable to be videoed.