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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Faith Resources Newsletter - Number 78 - May - June 2018
doesn’t matter whether one is living in a world which justifies
optimism or pessimism. Our responsibility, before God, is to endeavour
to outline principles upon which a [Catholic] restoration may take
place and to work as hard as we can to make those principles prevail,
regardless of the prospects. BA (Bob) Santamaria
Message from the Manager
our May-June Edition of the Cardinal Newman Faith Resources
Newsletter. A warm thank for your prayers and the incredible
generosity of those who have helped us afford some new display
spinners and second hand Dexion wall shelving.
At St Marys, we are excited about our extension and are blessed with
several hard-working volunteers who have already started the ball
rolling. Two Catholic Bookshops in the western Sydney region have
closed their premises in the last twelve months so we are very busy in
The display of Parousia Media products continues to grow. In addition
to the vast range of CDs we have all of the amazing Ascension Press
Programmes on display. If there is anything you are interested in or
are running parish evangelisation programmes please ring us. We offer
a 20% discount to parishes in the same manner as we do Father
Murphy’s Faith Catechetical Workbooks.
Evangelisation is hard. In the words of Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers,
“we are often hated and spat upon for speaking the truth”. It is a
privilege to be a Catholic but with that privilege comes
responsibility. We must seize opportunities that comes our way,
through word and example, to spread our beautiful Faith, despite the
risk that we will suffer. Arming ourselves, by learning more about
the Faith and developing our spiritual life is primarily achieved by
frequent reception of the sacraments, attending Mass, and praying
often. We must , however, build on this by reading good Catholic
books, watching DVDS about the Saints or on spiritual and devotional
topics, listening to Catholic talks and music on CDs and buying
sacramentals for ourselves, our homes and as gifts for relatives and
friends for the reception of the sacraments, birthdays, Easter and
Christmas. Some priests believe there are two generations of
Catholics who have not been evangelised. Through good example we can
help many of these people. Our simple acts of kindness are usually
met with grateful thanks but if you wear a crucifix it may be
noticed. A question may be asked such as “Why?” A simple response
could be “Well, because I love God who suffered and died for me, I
wear this as a reminder to me of His Love for me. In bad times, it
reminds me that He is with me giving me graces to get through.”
Preaching a one hour lecture to someone who needs us may not be all
that wise or fruitful but grasping small opportunities to display a
deep love for Our Lord and having a knowledge of our Faith often
helps that person think. If they ask more then we can continue the conversation
if we have been educated to know God. If they do not continue the
conversation we have done what we can but they might begin their own
We have many highly recommended books and materials to help people
know, love and serve God. Father Tierney’s work for the upcoming
Plenary Council and his Handouts are invaluable resources. Please
help us continue our mission by praying for us and our supporters,
buying from us, reading Father’s great work, recommending us to your friends
and relatives and continuing to donate to our cause in any way you
can. Father remembers each and every one of you in his daily Mass.
Come and visit us and see our new room. Thank you for your prayers
and generosity. May God continue to bless you and your families.
Note that Handouts 161 Quadratic
Equations is not included in this newsletter and is
The Watchful Hour: A Scriptural Companion to Eucharistic
Adoration by Fr Florian Racine $8.95
“God cannot give us a greater gift than that of the Eucharist.” This
Companion presents what the Eucharist is, what is fulfilled in the Holy
Mass, what Communion and adoration are, and why and how to enter into
adoration ‘‘in spirit and truth’’. Through Scripture, Church teaching and
the works of the saints we discover that in adoring the Son, we are
driven towards the Father to receive the Holy Spirit and, therefore, we
become true disciples. Split into twenty stages, adorers can reflect
on one stage at a time during or after the weekly hour of adoration. This
Companion acts as a school of adoration offered to every believer.
Irresistible Joy CD by Scott Hahn $5.00
All Catholics have been called to participate in the New Evangelisation,
but many of us hesitate. Dr. Scott Hahn reminds us that we can all share
the Gospel by spreading its joy. The world offers countless pleasures,
but only Christ can offer lasting joy, which we all find irresistible.
The more we enjoy being Catholic, the more contagious our faith will be,
and the more we will win back the fallen away for Christ. The Fourth Cup by Scott Hahn (Hardback) $34.95
From the bestselling author of The Lamb's Supper and Signs of Life comes
an illuminating work on the Catholic Eucharist and its link to the Jewish
Passover meal. In this brilliant book--part memoir, part detective story,
and part biblical study--Scott Hahn opens up new vistas on ancient
landscapes while shedding light on his own enduring faith journey.
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible – Starter Pack by Jeff
Cavins and Sarah Christmyer $149.95
This starter pack is what every leader needs to begin Unlocking the
Mystery of the Bible. It includes: •4 DVD Set (eight 30-minute sessions
presented by Jeff Cavins)•Leader’s Guide (with The Bible Timeline Chart
and Bookmark)•Student Workbook (with The Bible Timeline Chart and
Bookmark). Each study participant should have a Student Workbook (extra
Student Workbooks are available for $29.95each), and each small-group
facilitator should have a Leader’s Guide. About Unlocking the Mystery of
the Bible: This engaging journey through Salvation History provides the
easiest way to understand the Bible. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible
makes the complex simple. It helps you uncover the story woven throughout
Scripture so that you can get the “big picture” of the Bible and
understand what it is all about. The Bible is a story about the Father’s
unfailing love for you - a love that you are now called to share with
others. Take advantage of our generous discounts for bulk orders.
Aquinas's Shorter Summa: Saint Thomas Own Concise Version
of His Summa Theologica $31.95
The essentials of Catholic doctrine are clearly and succinctly presented.
Two years before he died, St. Thomas Aquinas was asked by his assistant,
Brother Reginald, to write a simple summary of the Faith of the Catholic
Church for those who lacked the time or the stamina to tackle his massive
Summa Theologica. In response, the great saint quickly set down — in
language that non-scholars can understand — his peerless insights into
the major topics of theology: the Trinity, Divine Providence, the
Incarnation of Christ, the Last Judgment, and much more. Here is a handy
reference source for the essential truths of the Catholic Faith.
Hints of Heaven: The Parables of Christ and What They Mean
for You by Fr George W Rutler $21.95
Christ knew that the splendour of heaven is too great for us to bear just
now, and so he used parables as clues to the mystery of paradise. In them
are hints of heaven, and they offer profound spiritual advice meant to
guide us on the road to eternal glory. In Heaven We'll Meet Again: The Saints and Scripture on Our
Heavenly Reunion by F R Blot $21.95
Are loved ones reunited in Heaven? The saints say “Absolutely!” In wise
and consoling letters written to a mother sorrowing over the death of her
child, Fr. François René Blot, S.J., here summons the Church’s greatest
saints who testify with one voice that death’s wound, though grievous,
separates us but for a short while from those who die before us.
Lights in a Dark Town by Meriol Trevor $24.95
This is a colourful and dramatic story for youth about the life of John
Henry Newman, famous British priest, preacher and pastor. To the
Birmingham of 1849 comes Emmeline Erle, with her mother, and they are
plunged from the sun of the Continent into a city of smoke and grime. The
town is one of great contrasts; progress and poverty, industrial
expansion and murky slums, new villas and filthy streets go side by side.
Dark and light battle in the minds of its people too, principles of
freedom and tolerance struggling with ignorance and prejudice, deep doubt
of religious truth coexisting with fanaticism. (Ignatius Press have
kindly reprinted this 1964 Classic).
What the Saints Never Said: Pious Misquotes and the Subtle
Heresies They Teach You by Trent Horn $19.95 "God helps those who help themselves." - The
Bible? "Preach the gospel always; when necessary, use words." -
St. Francis of Assisi? Sayings like these are such a part of modern
pious tradition that we assume they come from the Bible, the mouths of
saints, or the pens of famous Christian writers. In this book apologist
Trent Horn takes over forty of these well-known but dubious sayings
and sets the record straight! The Four Men: A Farrago by Hilaire Belloc Introduction by
Joseph Pearce on special for $26.95
Belloc's travel-farrago is a whimsical narrative, in which four
unforgettable characters walk their native county of Sussex, to sing its
songs, drink its beer, and praise it before Time changes it forever.
What Catholics are Free to Believe Or Not by Fr H G Hughes $16.95
Fatima, relics, miracles and more: about these and scores of other claims
of the Catholic Faith, most people are simply wrong . . . including many
Catholics! They're mistaken about what the Church really requires
believers to accept, and unclear about just what She's left to the
discretion of the faithful. To overcome these errors which can breed
doubts and confusion in Catholics and non-Catholics alike the late Father
Hughes here provides clear, succinct, detailed answers to what Catholics
are bound to believe and practice, and what they're free to dismiss.
Why Bad Things Happen to Good Catholics by Father Henri
The author, Fr. Henri Morice, helps you see the bad things that happen to
you in the glorious light of God’s loving Providence. He dispels some of
the mystery surrounding human suffering to reveal how God draws goodness
— for your own soul and for the souls of others — out of even the worst
tragedies you suffer. You’ll discover here how to recognize God’s love
working in all the events of your life, day by day, moment by moment.
The Art of Forming Young Catholics by Everett Fritz $21.95
Not long ago, veteran Youth Minister Everett Fritz counted the number of
his former Youth Group members who were still practicing the Faith. The
result? Almost all of them had left the Faith! Fritz learned that other
parishes reported similar staggering losses, pointing to a grim truth:
today’s Youth Ministries simply do not form young people into lifelong
disciples of Jesus Christ. Not satisfied with these dismal results, Fritz
devised a different way of forming young people in the Faith. It’s an
approach that can truly transform the spiritual lives of young people by
applying the same one-to-one personal method that Jesus Himself used to
form his twelve original disciples . . . only one of whom was lost!
Mary: Handmaid of the Lord CD by Mother Teresa $5.00
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta is known throughout the world as a
woman who was totally committed to the Gospel. In this inspiring talk,
she shares her insights on the Blessed Virgin Mary as a model of
womanhood and perfect discipleship. She shows us that we, too, can do the
will of God by saying "Yes" to the Lord in the big and little
things in our lives; nothing is too insignificant.
The Secret of Mary Explained to Children by Louis de Montfort and The
Montfort Fathers $9.25
This book provides a practical guide and is filled with short stories,
questions and illustrations for parents and teachers who want to help
their children get a better understanding of Total Consecration to Jesus
Christ through Mary.
Cardinal Newman Catechist
Consultants — 8th April, 2018 — HANDOUTS n. 160
MCCULLOCH was a pupil of Fort Street Boys’
High School in 1931. On leaving school he became a teacher, then a
psychologist and educational planner, and finally a professor of
In February, 1995, he wrote
reminiscences about John L. Tierney for Mary McPherson, Historian and
Archivist of the NSW Department of School Education:
TIERNEY was very different from the other
two English teachers I remember — Charles Harrison, James Baxendale —
and from the one or two others I had who were unremarkable enough then
to be unrecallable now.
Charles Harrison, Master of the
English Department and Deputy Headmaster, knew the public examination
requisites and past examination papers in fine detail, followed with
great care every word of the outlines in the Syllabus of Studies and
stuck rigidly to suggested editions of the prescribed texts.
His comments on plot, character,
style and so on were very often quotations read out from the current
‘cribs', which he recommended to us for purchase. His methods were
appreciated by many pupils, particularly, I thought at the time, by
those whose real interest lay outside the subject.
His undoubted success as a teacher
was due to his being able to get to, and stay at, the level of the
student who was battling with the subject. I later met other teachers
teaching that way who illustrated the point that the easiest way to get
anywhere is to be there.
CONTRAST, Jim Baxendale and John Tierney
ignored to a great extent examinations and syllabuses, but in quite
Jim Baxendale used any writing
being studied as an example of the creativity of the writer and challenged
everyone in the class to analyse how the author had achieved his
effects and then, using the writer's piece as a model, be equally as
creative by writing a parallel piece.
He said regularly that no one had
to be creative and that creativity had to be volunteered, so any
proposals of his were simply suggestions or invitations.
But he was very severe on those
few who did not hand in any suggested work on the due date. He told
them that this was a school where people could choose to participate or
not. If a pupil had chosen not to participate then he as a teacher
would exercise the choice he had and would not have that pupil in his
class that period. So the unfortunate pupil was stood out in the
After a week or two of this, all
pupils got the message and handed in something, whether original or
copied. He would then praise the class for all volunteering, collect
the work and later pass it back. Every pupil’s work had a tick on it,
with no further mark or comment, and was never referred to again.
WHEN I got
to John Tierney, in Fifth Year, I
took a new view of English as a
subject. It came to life. John Tierney was, as far as I see him now, a
very committed teacher who paid little or no attention to trends or
fashionable slogans, but tried himself to live out the values of
literature as he knew them to be, and to give his pupils enough view of
him doing just that for them to start gaining the same commitment in
the same direction. A true professional.
John Tierney put a lot of himself
into his teaching of literature, at least to a Fifth Form [Leaving
Certificate] class, which is where I had him for a year in 1931. He
told us often what writing he liked and why, how he thought people
formed and lost personal relationships, how, in his understanding,
movements in history came about and dissolved.
His voice was fairly quiet, his
fluent speech very easy to follow, and his eye contact with pupils very
intense. As I recall it, everyone took him seriously and accepted
without question that he was putting his all into every lesson.
The highlight of every week was
Monday, when he handed hack our written assignments with his notes
written everywhere there was space.
Other teachers used to give us a
mark out of 10, and leave it at that. But his marginal notes suggested
other ways of saying what we were trying to say, or other things we
might have said, or books, stories and poems we might read to get
better ideas of how to develop our thinking and writing...
What I earned away from that year
with John Tierney was a recognition of the unlimited scope of
literature, an awareness of the joy of reading as a lifestyle, and of
its value in understanding myself and others.
Eric Rolls was
author of They All Ran Wildon
the various species of animals and plants imported into Australia, and
how often they proved to be an ecological disaster, especially the
rabbit. He gave Dad an autographed copy inscribed with a note thanking
him for being a wonderful guide.
Don Hayward had
been a Minister for Education in Victoria. In 1974, he wrote a short
piece of 90 words for Melbourne’s The
Ageamong ‘in briefs’ on ‘My Favourite
Teacher’. If anyone can find that article on the web, please send me a
copy. In 1998, Donald K. Hayward and Brian J. Caldwell co-authored The Future of Schools: Lessons from Reform
of Public Education.
Comment on his father by Father
TIERNEY (1892-1972), my father, named me
'James' — or 'Jim' for short — after his colleague and best friend,
Jimmy Baxendale, who was killed in a tram smash just before I was born
1 well remember Dad’s insistence
that a teacher owed it to his pupils to read carefully every word they
His written comments on his
pupils’ written work always began with SOMETHING
ENCOURAGING and only then went on to the VERY
In his concluding years as a
teacher, in the late 1940s, until his retirement in 1951, Dad, in his
capacity as English Master at Homebush Boys’ High School, would assign
to himself the ‘dud’ classes such as 3E.
These boys were doing their final
year of schooling for the Intermediate Certificate. Most of them would
go into trade courses at the Technical College, mainly in evening
classes. Dad himself did some teaching at ‘Tech’, which has now mutated
to TAFE, Technical and Further Education.
Dad thrived on doing something
with those whom no one else wanted to teach. And he assigned the
brighter classes to the younger teachers to give them the chance to
prove their mettle.
He had a fascinating technique for
classes such as 3E. On their first day together he would remind them
they would be leaving school at the end of the year and so he had
decided not to bother them with any work...
When the cheers subsided he
pointed out that, as attendance at class was compulsory, he intended
filling in time by reading them some interesting stories. It would be
entertaining, he said.
In the outcome, they turned out
what for them was quality work, including written work. They realized
they had been connedbut
they didn't mind.
Dad had never wanted to be a
teacher. He longed to be a farmer. Growing up on a small holding of
about 80 acres at Eurunderee, a locality north of Mudgee, he would have
liked to stay there.
He was the youngest of ten of whom
seven survived infancy. One of the earlier children who died had also
been named John, which was after their father, John Tierney, 1838-1891.
But it didn’t pay its way. They
were so poor they couldn’t afford kerosene or even candles, and managed
at night on slush lamps, burning a smoky flame from animal fat in a
saucer, saved from the cooking. So they joined the exodus from rural
life into the city, where he supported his aging mother (1854-1927) by
becoming a teacher, first in primary, then secondary, and later
Only in retirement, 1951-1972, was
he ‘back on a farm' growing lots of vegetables and at least 80 orange
trees on our four fifths of an acre at Beecroft.
in the early 1970s, I used a
kindred trick (technique?) with my Year 8 boys in a Catholic
‘Scripture’ class at the State high school in Ryde parish.
Towards the end of a term I
announced that there would definitely NOT
be any exam. Thatwas popular!
Then I continued, “But the
Archbishop might want to know if I have been teaching you properly.”
That puzzled them, but sounded
harmless. I continued, “He might say to me, ‘Have they really learnt anything?”’ Here I paused, to let
this sink in.
Then 1 looked at them earnestly,
and added, “Well, haveyou
really learnt anything? Or have I been wasting your
The novelty of this possibility
had not occurred to them. 1
went on, “The only way to find out is for you to
answer these questions...” and
I wrote them on the blackboard and handed
out the inevitable pieces of paper. “Please answer them as well as you
can. Then I shall be able to give an accurate report to the Archbishop.
He will probably expect me do better and to teach you much more clearly
in the future...” They, too, knew they were being conned and they
didn’t mind either. They went at it willingly.
It was at this time I was writing A Programme for Apostles of Christ in High
School,printed in 1972. It provided the
alternative for the disastrous programmes to which the then Sydney’s
Confraternity of Christian Doctrine launched in 1971.
It was trialled by me and eight
catechists. It proved the falsehood of the official assertion that, “If
you think you can teach doctrine to the teenagers of the 1970s you’re
Well, the nine of us were doing it
quite successfully and other parishes adopted it as well. It was taken
up by a rearguard of orthodoxy in some Catholic High Schools — until
banned by strenuous efforts of a trendy dictatorial Catholic Education
Apostles of Christwas an overall plan of 9 lessons for each
of the then three terms of the first four years of high school. It was
not meant for novice teachers, and in 1975 I produced duplicated
detailed notes and blackboard summaries in Teacher’s Manuals.
OTHER WRITERS on
Gilbert highet in
The Art of Teachingsays
a teacher must wed his own firm purpose with pleasant good humour, and
so be capable of instilling incentive and arousing desire for truth,
beauty, goodness and God in tertiary, secondary, primary schooling.
BRAZUN in The House of Intellectis scathing on modem
pussy-footing in teaching. He repudiated his popular acclaim as a
‘great educationist’. He said, “I am a teacher. An education is far too
vast for one man or even one institution.”
“O GOD, Thou hast made me live in a
terrible age.” Thus prayed St Athanasius, even as
he fought for the faith against the 4th century heresies.
“I wish it need not have happened
in my time,” lamented Frodo. To which Gandalf replied, “So do all who
live to see such times. But it is not for them to decide. All we have to do is to decide what to do
with the time that is given us.” J.R.R.
Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, chapter 2.
Thus does fantasy fiction provide
Christian counsel — see his Tree
and Leaf to understand how.
The Shadow of
Imagine yourself living in the 1st century of the apostolic Church:
“Stone them!” cried the delinquent adherents of the Old Covenant.
“Christians to the lions!” screamed the brutal populace living under
the cruel Roman emperors.
Imagine yourself living in the
16" century, with the likelihood, or at least the high risk, of
being hung, drawn and quartered, or burnt to death, or a grim gory
decapitation as the price for upholding “the faith once delivered to
SEE, JUDGE, ACT,
accept, adjust, achieve
NEW PERSECUTORS mock morality, decency and common
sense and thrive on cruelty. They have weaseled their way to gain
dictatorial control of most of tertiary, secondary and primary
schooling and much of the media, also of political parties, the public
service, the judiciary and tribunals.
In times past the libertines used
slogans such as "free thought” and “free speech” as their
battering rams to bludgeon acceptance of filth and falsehood.
Now they use their ill-gotten
power to oppress and suppress any idea or ideal excepting only their
own ideas and ideals notable for lack of common sense, for promotion of
indecency and the destruction of morality as in the Ten Commandments of
natural moral law which is that natural morality born into man;
(cf. Romans 1:19-20; 2:15;see Handouts nn. 156-159.
Read your Bible. Read Church history.
Read lives of the saints, and not just the martyrs but all who made a “good confession”
(i.e. told the truth):-
Fight the good fight of the faith;
take hold of the eternal life to
which you were called when you made the good confession
in the presence of many witnesses.
In the presence of God who gives
life to all things,
and of Christ Jesus Who in his
testimony before Pontius
Pilate made the good confession
I charge you to keep die
commandments unstained. 1 Timothy 6:12-14b
Indeed all who desire to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus
will be persecuted.2 Timothy 3:12 Dare
to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand
Dare to have a purpose true
And dare to make it known.Daniel 1 :8; 6:16; 14:31
STIR THINGS UP
·privatize the ABC; sell it off by auction;
·privatize state schools; sell them off by
·restore parent-power to educate their children;
·curriculum controlled by parents;
·charter schools paid from taxes owned by parents;
·promote freedom of thought and free speech,
foundational for creatures with intelligence and free will, and basic
for freedom of religion; and only limited by human duty not to damage
others by murder, adultery, theft, calumny and detraction;
governments are largely made up of the Godless
without moral conviction and conscience, or worse, of anti-God
philosophy with an inhuman agenda of death.
Both sexes in government tolerate
unisex or are even its virulent promoters — the old fierce feminist
revolutionaries are now swept aside by even fiercer gender-benders.
Remember, we must love our enemies
while we detest the evils they promote. We must love them towards
The tolerators of evil maintain
their popularity for re-election by hand-outs. It’s a rerun of the
‘bread & circuses’ formula of the Roman emperors 2,000 years ago.
The ancients used military force and brutal executions, and kept the
populace at peace with entertainments of violent combat of gladiators
or cruel public torture of Christians. This went hand in hand with a
permissive immorality, in particular, divorce and disordered sex.
Divorce destabilized marriage and hence the upbringing of children in
virtue and upright character.
Excerpt from Parkinson’s Law or the Pursuit of Progress
by Cyril Northcote Parkinson,
modern tendency is to trust in
various methods of election, with results that are almost invariably
disastrous. Were we to turn to the fairy stories we learned in
childhood, we should realize that at the period to which these stories
relate far more satisfactory methods were in use.
When the king had to choose a man
to marry his eldest or only daughter and so inherit the kingdom, he
normally planned some obstacle course from which only the right
candidate would emerge with credit; and from which indeed (in many
instances) only the right candidate would emerge at all.
For imposing such a test the kings
of that rather vaguely defined period were well provided with both
personnel and equipment. Their establishment included magicians,
demons, fairies, vampires, werewolves, giants and dwarfs. Their
territories were supplied with magic mountains, rivers of fire, hidden
treasures, and enchanted forests.
It might be urged that modern
governments are in this respect less fortunate. This, however, is by no
An administration able to command
the services of psychologists, alienists, statisticians, and efficiency
experts is not perhaps in a worse (or better) position than one relying
on hidden crones and fairy godmothers. An administration equipped with
movie cameras, television apparatus, radio networks, and X-ray machines
would not appear to be in a worse (or better) position than one
employing magic wands, crystal balls, wishing wells, and cloaks of
invisibility. Their means of assessment would seem, at any rate, to be
All that is required is to
translate the techniques of the fairy story into a form applicable to
the modem world...
Virtue, our “Way Forward”
the world of man is polluted with the smog of immorality — all Ten
Commandments “are broke” (see Moses, Exodus 32:19 in
context of idolatry).
This is especially so of modem idolatry, murder and adultery: they’re anti-Creator and pro-abortion and
pro-euthanasia, worshiping their reproductive organs as the new Golden
Teachers in schools are called on
to be agents of Freudian-Marxism (see Kengor, Takedown). A new baby can be registered as unisex so they can switch
back and forth from boy to girl later on.
Government forms no longer want M
or F in a box. Yet the last census showed most citizens had not been
Be ready for the wicked question,
“What’s your sexual preference?” — any answer at all will be
acceptable, except to reply, “Virtue!”
“Sexual preference” will be
replaced by a "Gender declaration” with a note in small print that
this is not expected to be the same as yesterday or tomorrow.
GENDER-BENDERS: M for Muddled
Gender-Benders do not believe in marriage — at least, not in the what
was formerly called matrimony between a man and woman, to the exclusion
of all others, freely entered into, pledged for life, with the
intention of having children and educating them in Godliness and
In other words, “marriage” will become a word exclusively for
same-sex couples coupling!
The evolution of ideas in today’s
gender-benders began further back by asserting that science was in
opposition to religion. It never was, of course. Good science was
really an argument for a Creator.
Now we have the gender-benders
rejecting sexual genetics, sex hormones and experience of male and
female. They’re batty, and we ought to say so.
Those who once wanted to conceal
their Miss or Mrs behind the mask of Ms will now have to homogenize or
emulsify their abbreviations with the most hated of all, ‘Mr’ — “for
only man is vile”! No more
Will everyone become an M? Will
anyone be willing to say what it stands for? Or will it be simpler to
preface all names with GB, for “GENDER BENT "? It’s a denial of reality and of
Violets are red, roses are blue,
We’re confused and you’ll be too.
If you’re not, we’ll make you see,
Anything at all except reality
Our rainbow once was pink and blue,
But now it's murky grey like stew.
SEX is not an evolutionary
Sex in man and woman is God’s
cunning design for reproduction, so that husband and wife co-operate
with the Creator to make saints of each other and procreate and educate
their children for Heaven.
man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical,
moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward
the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. The harmony of the couple and of society
depends in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs, and
mutual support between the sexes are lived out. CCC
Remember the battle cry of Vatican
II euphoria, ecclesia semper
reformanda, “the Church is
always to be reformed”. Reformers are not keen on someone else
reforming them — and they often need it.
Reform of all members of the
Church is more urgent than ever. The Devil is hurling regiments of
demons (i.e. fallen angels), human spies, quislings and guerillas into
the front line of the spiritual battle on earth, the battle for each
immortal soul, whose outcome decides whether God or the Devil will say,
Satan’s minions aim to drag
immortal souls into the kingdom of his hate. He hates everyone,
everything. In Hell, everyone hates everyone else. The lost souls hate
their Father Below and each other, as well as God, their Father Above, He Whom they spurned in life and now
forever (cf. C.S. Lewis).
The Devil specializes in the sins
against Hope, in presumption and despair. He likes cynicism, gloom and
gloomy negatives, and keeps nagging that:
* The world is in a
* Australia is in a mess.
* The Church throughout the world is in a mess.
* The Church in
Australia is in a mess.
Note the half-truths. They are a smoke
screen to conceal all the good being done and unnoticed moral miracles
of grace triumphing over sin.
UP YOUR HEARTS
God specializes in repentance,
believing, hoping, loving. God’s particular genius is in using sinners
to reform other sinners and
The Church’s work, Christ’s own
mission, is to turn sinners into saints. So there’s plenty we can do to
mend the mess. We start on ourselves.
And we won’t get bogged down in illusory
·supply new tax payers for the bloated
·save scoffers from getting ‘put down like
dogs’ in old age;
·stabilize marriage covenant and revoke
·abolish anti-discrimination tribunals;
·ensure a secure child, eager adolescent,
·value life, especially of unborn babies
and the aged;
·hand on the love of God and of life;
·hand on the faith once delivered to the
·remind others of natural morality and
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