Thoughts and reflections on any news and sharing of events.
These are two causes that have been on my heart lately so it was lovely to read that these are Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for April.
Small Farmers – That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labour.
Evangelisation Prayer Intention for April
African Christians – That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.
Mother Angelica, born into eternal life on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 5:00p.m.
While the world mourns and sends tributes for the passing of Mother Angelica, I would like pay my tribute, in a small way, with a few of my favourite quotes from Mother Angelica. I will remember her as an amazing and inspirational woman. Her words and teachings were always down-to-earth and in the Spirit, full of encouragement, and given in love. She was close to the Heart of Jesus, having a trusting, child-like relationship with her Lord ... and her desire to do God's will was contagious.
Faith is what gets you started. Hope is what keeps you going. Love is what brings you to the end.
Faith is one foot on the ground, one foot in the air, and a queasy feeling in the stomach.
Where most men work for degrees after their names, we work for one before our names: 'St.' It's a much more difficult degree to attain. It takes a lifetime, and you don't get your diploma until you're dead.
May Mother Angelica live on in our hearts. The best tribute we could give would be that her work continues on through the legacy she left behind.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord,
and let the perpetual light shine upon her.
May she rest in peace.
For up-to-date news on Mother Angelica or to learn more about her life and work please visit the following websites -
EWTN - Mother Angelica
The purpose of this post to help spread awareness of the new Infant Viability Bill which was introduced into Victoria’s State Parliament in October 2015, by Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins. Since 2008 Victoria's State Parliament introduced the most draconian abortion laws in Australia, and in the world. (See Abortion Law Reform Act 2008) The saddest thing next to this law being passed is that the general Victorian population is unaware of how severe the abortion issue is here. The time hasn’t come quickly enough to do something about it.
Accurate statistics on abortion in Australia is difficult to find because it seems that no precise figures are kept on abortion anywhere in Australia. The three most populous States, NSW, Victoria and Queensland do not keep any statistics on abortion; And although WA, SA and NT collect abortion statistics it only reflects abortions from which a Medicare rebate has been claimed. Some information can be found on the internet, most of which is not current data but may give an idea of how many abortions have been carried out in Australia. What happens in this procedure? What happens in failed abortions where babies are born alive? Does the unborn baby feel any pain? What happens to the bodies and pieces of aborted babies? What of the effects of this surgery on the mother? How much information and/or support is given to the mother? What are the reasons for each abortion and what are the statistics per reason?
We can find a mountain of statistics from the AIHW (Authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and well-being), over a variety of categories, such as Surgery in Australia – we can find out who had the surgery, and how many were involved in emergency or elective admissions, the reasons for the admissions, and the care that was provided … but no statistics on abortion.
We can find statistics on which animals are responsible for causing the most human deaths in Australia (NCIS); or from the RSPCA we can find national statistics on Animals received by each RSPCA Society and reasons for euthanasia of dogs and cats etc …but something as sacred as human life within the womb, and the life carrying the unborn baby, seems to have no significance or importance here at all. What of the woman who is about to go through the abortion surgery – what of the health, well-being and care for her? Where are the statistics? Members in government don’t want to know how many unborn babies have been aborted, the reasons for the abortion, how many have been born alive and left to die, or even the physical, emotional and mental health effects this operation may have on the mother. They can avoid collecting statistics and ignore it all but the facts backed by medical science are still present, they will stand and won’t go away even if not collected in a tidy statistical format.
It is time now to help spread awareness of the new Infant Viability Bill which was introduced into Victoria’s State Parliament in October 2015, by Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins.
As stated on the website –
This is the first formal attempt at pro-life legislation in Victoria in decades, and the first legislative attempt to remedy the abortion law reforms of 2008.
Under this Bill:
• Abortions would no longer be allowed from the 20th week of pregnancy.
• Infant viability will be promoted and supported (all infants born alive from the 20th week of pregnancy on-wards, including as the result of a medical emergency, must be cared for with the intent to save the infant’s life if at all possible).
• Mothers who are at least 20 weeks pregnant, who present in distress to their doctor must be offered practical support, for example a referral to a pregnancy support service offering holistic care (such as counselling, social and practical support).
• Penalties will be introduced for physicians who breach the new laws and for medical facilities in which the laws are breached.
• Mothers will not be criminalised or face any penalties.
Come and join the good fight and lend your support behind this worthwhile cause and help get this Bill passed. Watch this video, visit the Infant Viability Bill website (and register to keep up-to-date with the news) and please pass it on to others.
A call to action video based on the current Abortion Laws here in Victoria Australia
Infant Viability Bill
On Instagram - The 20 Week Movement
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are warned that content on this page may contain images and references to deceased persons.
Indigenous Australians have served in all major conflicts, from the Boer War to Afghanistan. With the centenary of the Anzacs we remember and commemorate all those who have served in the armed forces. I would like to pay a special tribute to the Indigenous Australians who fought in the wars; including the women who enlisted in women’s services or worked in war industries.
With the First World War Australia saw over 1000 Indigenous Australians serve in the AIF. It was difficult for them to enlist, being rejected due to Australia's Defence Act of 1903 which excluded people who were not substantially of European descent from enlisting. Some managed to slip through and once in they served in the same conditions as other members; many experienced equal treatment for the first time in their lives and were paid the same as other soldiers. But it is sad to note that on return to civilian life many found they were treated with the same prejudice and discrimination as before.
Why did Indigenous Australians want to serve? Loyalty and patriotism may have encouraged Indigenous Australians to enlist. Some saw it as a chance to prove themselves the equal of Europeans or to push for better treatment after the war. But this was not to be. After the war, in areas such as education, employment, and civil liberties, Aboriginal ex-servicemen and women faced greater discrimination when they came home than before they left. (Even unable to vote, it wasn’t until 1962 that voting rights were granted to all Aboriginal Australians; although some Aboriginal people were granted voting rights in the 1850s in some states).
Despite the treatment of Indigenous Australians by white Australia, they supported the country's defence. Indigenous Australians are to be remembered and given the same recognition as all those who served (are serving) our country without any separation. They served with courage and sacrifice, placing others before self.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 King James Version (KJV).
The Spirit of ANZAC is a cornerstone which underpins our Australian image, way of life and indeed is an integral part of our heritage.
We will remember them.
This year marks 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War. Anzac Day is a special day when we commemorate all those who served in the wars.
This day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. We remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
The name Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
Anzac Day tradition
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in the Winnowing Fan; Poems of the Great War in 1914.
Why is this day special to Australians? Read more here.
This blog as about to be revived. After a long absence it is now time to bring it back to life. It will serve well as a journal for my travels to Rome - a short pilgrimage, a time of learning, and a time of discovery of the church's Precious Treasures.
It's a long awaited journey and finally the planning has begun. I am looking forward to spending time in Rome and discovering the eternal city's treasures of many descriptions.
They say that the planning of a journey is half the fun.... I'm not so sure; I think I'd rather just be there now.
Well, just little while longer and I'll be off.
Stay tuned for my journal notes as my journey begins and progresses.
Ciao for now!
On the first anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires, we solemnly remember the devastation caused by the fires around our State of Victoria.
We remember those who died, families who lost everything, the injured, the firefighters, the volunteers & all those affected. When a disaster like this one rears it's ugly being it does affect the whole nation. ..... it's almost unbelievable that something like this could happen.
Ferocious, wild, incomprhensible were some of the the words used to describe this event which is marked down as one of the worst fire in Australia's history. The State recorded over 400 individual fires; Temperatures reached 45C; 173 live were lost; 414 people injured; 2029 homes were destroyed; the total loss of animal life is unknown.... the list is long.
So many have been profoundly affected, yet in the midst of a disaster something happens to humanity - we become 'human'. We open our hearts and reach out to those in need. Many will actually forget themselves so that they can give of their time & energy to help all those affected; People will gather together to pray; and many will open their own homes to the needy.
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Today, we remember & pray for so many - Thank you dear Lord that you will comfort, heal, help, encourage and bless them all.