Showing posts from February, 2010


Following the Public Consistory held in the Apostolic Palace, the Holy See has announced that Blessed Mary of the Cross MacKillop will be formally Canonised along with five other Beati, at a ceremony to be held on Sunday 17th October, 2010.

The very first Australian Saint - praise God for the gift of her life and her work and fidelity in the Church in this Great South Land of the Holy Spirit. Let us pray that her Sisters of Saint Joseph may begin the work of conforming their present lives in every way to the letter and the spirit of their saintly Foundress.


The Holy See has announced that the Public Consistory for the Canonisation of Blessed Mary of the Cross(Mary Helen) MacKillop, virgin, Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart along with 5 other Beati, will take place at 11.00 a.m. on Friday 19th February, 2010 in the Consistory Hall of the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican.

This is of course the first Canonisation of an Australian, and cause for great rejoicing and reflection and thanks to God here in "the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit"as the pre discovery "maps" used to call the land mass they hypothesised existed.

Saint Mary of the Cross, Pray for us.


Photo Robyn Dixon in S.Pietro
Here is a brilliant insight from Anglo-American philosopher Roger Scruton :yet "the worship of ugliness and desecration is asserting itself today in an age of unprecedented prosperity. [...] Desecration is a sort of defense against the sacred, an attempt to destroy its claims. Our lives will be judged before sacred things; and in order to escape that judgment, we destroy the thing that seems to accuse us. And since beauty reminds us of the sacred – and is even a special form of it – beauty must also be desecrated." The "positive way" of beauty is, nonetheless, embedded in the heart of man. "Why then do so many artists today refuse to walk this path? Perhaps because they know that it leads to God."

Extract from the ever reliable Sandro Magister's CHIESA Blog
covering a major conference in Rome in December.


The Union Jack waves triumphant over Edinburgh Castle. We finished our story on the Chapel stolen for generations, by reflecting on the subsequent stealing of Scotland, the country its Crown and its self respect, by the English
Hear now the great Scots poet Robert Burns, writing in 1791 and reflecting on the Acts of Union of 1707:
Such a Parcel Of Rogues in the Nation

by Robert Burns

Fareweel to a’ our Scottish fame,

Fareweel our ancient glory!

Fareweel ev’n to the Scottish name.

Sae famed in martial story!

Now Sark rins over Salway sands,

An’ Tweed rins to the ocean,

To mark where England’s province stands —

Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

What force or guile could not subdue

Thro’ many warlike ages

Is wrought now by a coward few

For hireling traitor’s wages.

The English steel we could disdain,

Secure in valour’s station;

But English gold has been our bane —

Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

O, would, or I had seen the day

That Treason thus could sell us,

My auld grey head h…
Serving with the Angels

“I saw Satan fall like lightening from Heaven” (Luke 10: 18). Every word that came from the lips of Our Lord is priceless to us mere men. Yet we don’t often hear this text read or referred to in homilies, and if it occurs in the readings at Mass it is most often ignored in the homily. Why? Of course we don’t like to think of Satan, but our clergy have a duty to remind us of him and his works.

In the tumult, stress and distress of the post – Conciliar years, when Pope Paul VI could with pain observe that it was “as if, through some crack, the smoke of Satan had entered the Sanctuary of God” (Homily 29th June, 1972), many clergy adopted the habit of not preaching what they surmised was unpopular. It began with “Humanae Vitae “and the Church’s teaching against contraception. The media say it’s not popular, so we don’t preach it. There are Dioceses in Australia where a priest can face administrative problems if he does. The “smoke of Satan “lingers even to the ext…

“Familiarity breeds contempt”. The maxim brings out a truth at the extreme end of an arc of human experience, relating most often to inordinate familiarity with figures of authority. Moving back along that arc into more moderate territory, we come upon the phrase “taken for granted”. In this case the contributions, co-operation and even the very presence of a person are so much assumed that their merit and value seem forgotten.

Somewhere between the two is a position in which our experience of the Faith can sometimes be found. It can come to be one part of our very busy life - sure, a very important part - but kept in the allotted place and not allowed to disturb the other parts as we hurry along from one preoccupation to another. Set in its place, its “fire” can be dimmed, even reduced to mere” embers”.

In this situation there is little chance that we will deepen our realisation of the wonderful fact that God loves us so much that He burst into Time from Etern…