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Faith Resources Newsletter - Number 62 - May 2016
must be habitual, not by fits. It must be persevering, because
temptations continue all our lives - and perseverance alone obtains the
crown. Its means are - the presence of God - good reading, prayer, the
Sacraments, good resolutions often renewed - the remembrance of our
last ends - and its advantages - habits which secure our
predestination, making our life equal, peaceable and consoling-leading
to the heavenly crown where our perseverance will be eternal! St Elizabeth Ann
Message from the
to the Cardinal Newman Faith Resources May Newsletter. May marks the
99th Anniversary since Our Blessed Mother‘s first apparition at
Fatima. During the next six months she impressed upon the three
children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, the importance of fasting,
almsgiving and most significantly prayer, especially the Rosary. She
warned that if we failed to heed her message the world would suffer
through great wars and the spread of Communism. Despite the fall of
the Berlin Wall in 1989, Our Blessed Mother’s message is even more
poignant today as Russia’s errors regarding the destruction of the
family and Christianity have infiltrated each and every government
without exception. We have some listening and reading material that
will keep us informed and help us enhance our spiritual life. May God
continue to bless our readers and their families.
The 13th Day DVD
This film is the most beautiful and effective film ever made about
Fatima, as well as one of the most historically accurate. Sister Lucia's
memories are imbued with an aura of reverie and contemplation by striking
visuals, an effective score and a stark, simple narrative. It succeeds in
being both artful and reverent. Also available:
The Way of Beauty by David Clayton
David Clayton describes how a true Catholic education is a program of
liturgical catechesis and culture that aims for the supernatural
transformation of the person so that he can in turn transfigure the world
around through the divine beauty of his daily action. The book is
an inspiration not only to artists, architects, and composers, but also
to educators, who can apply its principles in home and classroom for the
formation and education of children and students of all ages and at all
levels in the family, homes schooling, high school, college, and
Way to Inner
Peace by Fulton Sheen
When asked about inner peace Archbishop Sheen pointed to the way of the
cross. Humility, love, and service are the virtues recommended to pave
the way. Sorrow for sins, patience with others, and a healthy sense of
humour are considered almost equally important. Written fifty years ago
this classic gives forgotten age-old truths surprisingly and specifically
appropriate to the needs of our own times. Rich in psychology and richer
yet in New Testament spirituality, these pages will provide an invaluable
guide to all those who, for whatever reason, are seeking the way to inner
peace. Also available by Fulton Sheen:
Five Anti-Catholic Myths by Gerard M Verschuuren
One curious feature of our times is the biased historical scholarship of
earlier centuries, which has become entrenched in the minds of millions.
Scholarship of recent decades, however, has thrown new light on these
matters, and is finally allowing the real history to become more widely
known. This book is an unadorned laying bare of the full facts. The five
myths analysed by Gerard Verschuuren ensure that Catholics know the truth
about the Crusades, slavery, the Inquisition, Galileo and the Holocaust.
Also available from Angelico Press:
Wounds in the Heart: The Healing Power of Forgiveness by
Dr Schlatter helps us out of the vicious cycle of bitterness and the
suffering that comes with it by leading us into a deeper understanding of
forgiveness and its importance in our lives. He shows that our health and
real happiness can depend on our ability to forgive. Also available on
Brother Francis 12: The Sacraments DVD
The latest Brother Francis DVD has arrived earlier than anticipated and
is now in stock. It is an excellent way to teach children about the seven
sacraments. The companion workbook which reinforces the lessons taught by
the DVD is also available: Brother Francis 12: Colouring and Activity
Other children’s titles in stock for May:
Set by Dorothy Mills Special
Dorothy Mills has an uncanny and unique ability to write history that is
interesting and at the same time based on sound scholarship. The
publisher has undertaken to reprint the highly-prized six volumes of her
historical works as part of its effort to offer texts ideally suited to
the needs of a new generation of teachers and students. In a world where
the quality of education has so deteriorated, may the reissue of this
wonderful historical series shine as a beacon to a new generation of
young (and not so young) scholars! The prices for each title are below:
Catholic Family Catechisms
Fr Tierney's catechisms continue to be available. These books were
written to be used by families and Catechism classes to transmit the
fullness of the Faith in a way that is easy to understand and memorise.
The Apostles' edition is suitable for ages 12 to adult and the Disciples'
edition for ages 6 years and up. They are excellent resources for
instruction in the Faith. A rule of good catechesis is that it is simple
and easily memorised so that the answers are echoed in our hearts.
The price of each is $5.00
Always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in
you, yet to do so with gentleness and reverence.
1 Peter 3:15
Some inequalities are worth preserving:-
Truth does not equal error.
Beauty does not equal ugliness.
Good docs not equal evil.
God does not equal the Devil.
Choosing those second alternatives makes for unhappy
living, isolation from others and social disintegration. The nobler
choices are the basis of science, philosophy, art and ethics. A
Religion that upholds natural morality and asserts the evil of murder,
adultery, theft and lying, might be harder to practise but is more
practical. Indeed, it underpins civilization and real freedoms, and
avoids the horrors of Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Polpot.
There is a piece of trickery in elementary algebra that
proves that two equals one. Actually, it is a fraud, a cheat, even a
lie. Similarly, by chopping a square into two triangles and two
quadrilaterals, and rearranging them, it is possible to deceive the
unwary that 64 = 65.
Similarly, it is neither helpful nor truthful to ignore
the different wiring of the brains of men and women — or of their
reproductive organs. Experience and modern science agree. It is not
bigotry to say so, nor is all discrimination evil.
Mistaken equalities are handy for rabble-rousing soap box
Before today's aggressive promotion of atheism and
amorality, marriage always involved male and female, even if
aberrations like concubines and harems were tolerated. True equality is
not getting just anything you want but respecting differences. That’s
BET ON GOD
SOME AGNOSTICS, atheists and other irreligious persons
would like everyone to convert to them and thereby ensure peace in the
world — reversing our Gospel of converting others to God and Godliness.
A good test of any religious or non-religious faith is
which is the most noble in its teaching and practical results. The more
noble the teaching, the harder it will be to practise — and the more
shocking the failures. Not surprisingly, people struggle with
Christianity. We have to love our enemies and those who hate us, and
alas, sometimes we find ourselves even hating our friends!
Pascal, who gives his name to air pressure in tyres, was
given to gambling. He reckoned it was best to bet on God since we would
never know if we were wrong! At least, that’s a starting point for
NICHOLAS of Myra was a fourth
century saintly Christian bishop in what is now modern Turkey. He was
famous for the small bags of gold he gave to three maidens as the
dowries they needed for honourable marriage.
Thus he became the patron saint of children and of giving
them presents. In eastern Europe, children are given presents on his
feast day, 6th December.
For English speakers, such presents developed into
Christmas presents on 25th
December, with parents acting for St Nicholas, Santa Claus, “Sinte
Claus” in Dutch. A bishop is a “father in God”, so he is called “Father
Far from being a rival to the Baby Lord Jesus, he reminds
us of God’s supreme Christmas present to mankind, Jesus Christ, His Son
and our Saviour.
NOTHING is the same as matrimony. While the word
“marriage” comes from the making of a husband, “matrimony” says more,
for it means the making of a mother.
Only a woman can be a mother. Only a man can make her so.
One young man’s proposal of marriage was, “Can you hear the pitter
patter of little feet on the floor?”
No substitute is possible for matrimony. Nothing has
equality with marriage.
It’s one of God’s greatest inventions. It’s a living
symbol of His union with creation, with humanity, and with His Church.
It’s a symbol which makes His purpose present from generation to
generation. Without such a vision, the people perish.
GOOD AND EVIL
ACCORDING TO the old Sunday School chorus, “The best book
to read is the Bible”.
So, once upon a time a boy I know wagged Sunday School by
pretending to be sick. He offered to sit in the wintry sunshine and
read the Bible, starting from Genesis. Genesis means the Beginning.
Genesis was chock-a-block with good and evil, ranging from
the noble to the obscene, from God to the Devil:
Some was inspiring. Let there be light. Increase and
multiply and fill the earth. Tend the Garden and keep it. Not good for
man to be alone. Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed
but a few days because of the greatness of his love. Lots of parental
On the other hand there was murder, slavery, masturbation,
rape, sodomy, fornication, prostitution, incest, polygamy, theft, lies,
false witness, false pretences, sibling rivalry, jealousy. Wow!
And life in society. Big government, centralized economy.
A high-rise tower, fire, flood, famine. Tragic infertility. Remarkable
obstetrics and animal husbandry. Sharp bargaining, even with God!
Actually, it’s just like today. All that’s missing is
abortion and euthanasia, where we have sunk lower.
However we are also far better off, with a Saviour from
sin, His moral code and power-packages to live Godly lives.
ARE THE elected politicians of our democracy gradually
legislating civilization out of existence? Are we to be trapped in a Nineteen
Eighty Four scenario of totalitarian domination by governments?
Is total promiscuity the latest sop for a Brave New
World without religion and its morality, without marriages and its
families, and with children unplanned, unwanted bi-product?
Democracy never was enough. After the 1989 fall of Russian
communism, Solzhenitsyn, that true patriot, said democracy would not
suit the Russian people because what they needed was a dictator who
would be responsible to God and to his conscience.
Read Dr Paul Kengor’s 2015 book, TAKEDOWN, From
Communists to Progressives, How the Left has sabotaged Family and
Marriage. Its back cover is headed “Exposing the Radical Movement
to Redefine Family and Marriage”. It traces the Neo-Marxism take-over
of academics and education and its morphing into Freudian-Marxism.
Good Old Father Jim
by Mrs Michele Vieira for the celebration on 26th September, 2015, of his Golden
Jubilee of Priesthood and 80th Birthday.
Tune: The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
FR JIM has been a priest for 50
years today, He has taught us all to worship God and how to kneel and
He has written books and handouts,
lots of letters every day: Our priest is Fr Jim
Glory be to God for good old Fr
He is our beloved priest.
2. He grew up out at Beecroft,
went to school at Homebush High
He learnt to read and write at
school, to add and multiply
He went to Sydney Uni then on to
Sydney seminary He learnt to be a priest.
3. As Fr Jim he went to work in
service of Our Lord
In Penrith, Ryde and Naremburn,
his priestly life outpoured
With weddings, Baptisms,
confessions and his preaching — no-one was bored
They all loved Fr Jim
4. When families came to see him all upset and all
For they sent their kids to
Catholic schools but the faith there was not taught
So hewrote his catechism and his Confirmation kit
And taught them in the park
5. When it was heard that teachers
did not know the truth to teach
He started courses for them all so
the children they could reach
With the truths of our great
Catholic faith through timeless recipes
Of passing on the faith
6. The Newman Centre blossomed out
of this apostolate
It’s grown and grown in spreading
truth in books and pamphlet (pronounced pamph-el-et)
With statues, pictures, rosary
beads, advice all given free
The faith is passing on
7. Homeschooling next became the
grounds for Fr Jim’s advice
Encour-aging the mums and dads to
try was no surprise
He’s our unofficial chaplain,
champ -i- on for all our needs
He helps us teach our kids
8. He retired from active ministry
and moved to Tarlo town
He never stopped his priestly work
but grew in high renown
Answering letters by the dozen,
providing all our spiritual needs
He continued being God’s priest
9. These days he goes more slowly,
walks with staff and hat and boots
He tells us all the stories of his
childhood and his roots
He drinks a pint of tea each meal,
lights fires with just one match,
And prays for us each day
10. We hope he lives upon this
earth for decades yet to come
Still sharing the faith,
encouraging us — the kids, the dads and mums
To persevere, to do our best to be
God’s holy ones
He still serves God today.
What’s his Apostolic Agenda?
ANSWER: Activating the lay
·Writing Handouts from his Daily Log Book of
·Researching answers for letters, faxes, phone calls.
·Writing Letters to the Editor of the Goulburn Post.
·Getting New Boys Go Bush Again into print.
·Recreation writing of New Boys' Bush Rescue.
·Major revision of Heart Speaks to Heart prayer
·Completing how-to-teach Catholic Family CatechIST..
·and talking and listening to young and old.
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