Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Mother Teresa....The Movie
"In a land that fights for freedom and faces chaos, one simple nun went out among the people to spread the message of love and hope."
I love Mother Teresa, reading about her works, the things she stood for, her strong faith and good works, the list goes on.
I was surprised to hear of this movie about her and I think it's a must see, the trailer is awesome and so touching, check it out HERE
Cracking the code
Jesus Gives Us The Keys To His Wisdom :
We all love to unearth hidden things, to crack some puzzle or code. We need only to look at the hoopla surrounding The Da Vinci Code to see how true this is. Like children, we all still believe there's a buried treasure somewhere, a secret wisdom, just waiting to be found.
Interestingly, Jesus speaks of just such a hidden secret. The Gospels tell us he spoke in parables and that these were only understood by those who were inside a certain circle, but they remained riddles to everyone outside that circle.
That, of course, begs the question: In the message of Jesus, what's the secret to be discovered, the code be cracked?
Mark's Gospel takes this up explicitly. His Jesus makes it clear that there is a hidden, secret wisdom that needs to be grasped if one is to understand the deep design of things.
In caption, it's the cross of Christ and the wisdom that's contained within it. The hidden secret is that love is most truly revealed in the brokenness of Jesus on the cross. What's hidden in the cross of Christ is the code that we have to break open if we are to learn the deep secrets of life. The cross contains a wisdom, the wisdom of the crucified, which is a prism through which all else is to be viewed.
Unlike false, gnostic teachers who are forever playing games and giving the impression that learning the deep secrets is a question of luck, brilliant intelligence, or of becoming their disciples, Jesus tries everywhere to reveal the secret in public and in a language open to everyone. His whole life and mission are an attempt to lay open for everyone the deepest secret of all and to make that secret accessible to everyone, as accessible as the nearest water tap or the village well. Since Jesus, the deepest secret is an open secret. One entry into it is through the words Jesus speaks to his uncomprehending disciples on the road to Emmaus. In trying to explain this secret, he asks them: "Wasn't it necessary?" Wasn't what necessary?
The secret is that there is a necessary connection between certain things: Isn't a certain prior suffering and humiliation always the condition for glory? Don't we all, like Cinderella, first have to sit in the ashes before the glass slipper will fit our feet? Isn't sublimation always the means to the sublime? Isn't it precisely when we are vulnerable and unable to impress or overpower others that we are finally open to intimacy, love and family? Aren't self-sacrifice and self-denial the way real love manifests itself? Isn't the crucifixion of the private ego the route to empathy and community? And, most graphic of all, isn't the way Jesus died - innocent, trusting, unwilling out of love to protect himself against suffering, absorbing hatred and sin, understanding and forgiving those who were murdering him, refusing to resort to any kind of superior physical power to overwhelm his adversaries, refusing to give back in kind, and refusing to give himself over to bitterness and cynicism - the paragon of mature human love?
Love is the deepest mystery in the universe. It lies at the base of everything, the cosmic, the biological, the emotional, the psychological, the sexual, the spiritual. There is no level of reality where one doesn't see the relentless deep pull inside of all things towards a unity, community, fusion and oneness beyond self. Love stirs all things, speaking to every element in the language it can understand. Deep inside of us, we know too that this alone can bring us home.
And there is an inner code, a certain DNA, within love itself. It too has inner secrets, an inner structure, and a code that needs to be cracked if we are to properly understand its dynamics. And we don't crack that code all at once, at a weekend retreat or at a religious rally. We crack it slowly, painfully, with many setbacks, over the course of a lifetime.
But Jesus gave us the keys to crack it. They can be named: vulnerability, the refusal out of love to protect ourselves, self-sacrifice, putting others before ourselves, refusing to give back in kind when someone hurts us, a willingness to die for others, the refusal to give ourselves over to cynicism and bitterness when things beset us, continued trust in God and goodness even when things look the opposite, and especially forgiveness, having our hearts remain warm and hospitable, even when we have just cause for hatred.
These are the keys to the wisdom Jesus revealed and the Gospels tells that we are "inside" or "outside" the true circle of love, depending on whether we grasp this wisdom.
Sunday, May 29, 2005
What Alan Jones had to say
I think what he said on the Today show pretty much sums up what I think about this whole Schapelle Corby ordeal going on at the moment, I copied his statement from http://2gb.com/
By Alan Jones:
Well, there has been a lot of humbug since Schapelle Corby was given 20 years in jail for allegedly smuggling cannabis.
Indeed, in strident and vindictive tones, Judge Sirait said, "The accused Schapelle Leigh Corby has been proven legally and convincingly guilty of committing the crime without right and against the law, of importing type 1 narcotics."
In reaching this conclusion, the judges disregarded every piece of evidence presented by Schapelle Corby.
They took no heed of the fact the drugs bag had not been finger-printed.
They ignored evidence from her brother and friends who traveled with her on the ill-fated flight.
And the chief judge proudly boasted on more than one occasion before the judgment was handed down that no accused had been spared by him from over 500 who had appeared before him.
Obviously Schapelle Corby has a fight on her hands.
So too, I might add, has the Australian government because people are legitimately saying why are we giving a billion dollars in tsunami aid, and why have 9 of our helicopter pilots giving their lives for a country which so transparently cares little about the humanity of individuals.
The spectacle of a judgment being spat out with such vitriol and at such speed that even translators couldn't make sense of it, raises serious questions about who our international friends are and what they really stand for.
Matthew Moore writes for the Sydney Morning Herald.
He is not a dunce, nor is he a bleeding heart.
But writing from Indonesia on Saturday, amongst other things, he said, "Every current and former prisoner you speak to complains about spending tens of thousands of dollars just to get a sentence cut to something manageable."
He wrote, "One European prisoner said he had paid $35,000 to get his sentence brought down from 12 years to 5."
Moore wrote, "A further cut to just 18 months was on offer when he appealed to the Supreme Court, but he could not raise the extra $25,000 asking price."
He writes, "Frenchwoman, Helene Le Touzey moved to Bali five years ago to support her son Michael Blanc after he was caught at the airport importing 3.8 kgs of hashish into Denpassar."
He writes, "A French government representative told her it would cost between $200,000 and $250,000 in bribes to have a chance of securing a sentence of about 15 years. No money was paid and her son got life."
No money was paid in the Corby case either.
Matthew Moore writes, "As one former prisoner explained, you can get remissions for up to six months, but only for very good behaviour and a very good supply of money."
Well, now to the humbug.
From one end of the country to the other, political leaders allegedly accountable to their electorate which is outraged, keep telling us we have to respect the decision of the courts.
And that so-called relations between Australian and Indonesia are more important than Schapelle Corby's fate.
Not only couldn't she determine what her bags weighed when she checked them in in Brisbane compared to when they arrived in Bali:
Not only was she refused a forensic test on the drugs:
Not only was the baggage contaminated at Denpassar airport and therefore the principal instrument of her defense, in the process, destroyed:
And not only did she have to make her plea to the judges in her own defence and in her own written statement while they apparently had no translation and didn't understand a word she was saying.
Now we have this spectacle and the so-called "result" on Friday.
And the Australian electorate are being told to respect the judgement.
By all means we should build international bridges with international countries.
But there have to be some standards in return.
And, quite frankly, at no point has the Indonesian process come anywhere near meeting those standards.
Friday, May 27, 2005
It's a short video of the coutroom events
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Schapelle Corby found Guilty
I just sat through the Schapelle Corby verdict, and unfortunately she has been found guilty and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for possession and trafficking drugs into Indonesia.
She remained very calm through the trial, prayed "God help me" as we all read her lips.
Her family were hysterical and began shouting, but Schapelle told them to calm down so she could hear the verdict, everyone is surprised at her good composure through the case and how she was the one to comfort her family. I believe that the verdict was based on the fact that Schapelle admitted to owning the boogie board bag where the marijuana was found. (she never admitted that the drugs were hers and has maintained her innocence throughout)
I do not believe that justice has been done and I never thought she would get 20 years. Pray for her
There is an important video of Schapelle's verdict
Verdict handed down today
At 11.30am EST (Australia) Schapelle Corby's court case will begin, this is about 1 hour and 30 minutes away as I write now.
Today, after being imprisoned for 8 months ,after being accused of smuggling 4 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia, we will finally hear the verdict.
Right now she is very nervous as one would expect and is frightened (according to family and friends) and not holding up well.
Lets offer up prayers for Schapelle in this critical time
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Up for a Quiz?
I got this quiz from Idle Mendacity he seems to find the good ones.
So here is my result
You are Pope St. Pius X. You'd rather be right than
Which Twentieth Century Pope Are You?
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That special baby girl
It was great to read that she is improving, although prayer is still needed.
You can read about what is happening HERE where Hannah is doing a great job of keeping us up to date. There are some new photos of Charlotte in the photo page there, she is so adorable, and to think, that the hospital said she would never recover! Keep praying for her
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Schapelle Corby is baptized
Pray that Schapelles newfound Christian faith in the Lord Jesus grows stronger every day, no matter what the verdict of the judges.
Prayer is so important, lets not leave her be forgotten
You should be flattered
Thursday, May 19, 2005
1.Total amount of books I have owned: I'm guessing about 80-90 books, that included a range of books from Bibles to recipe books, motoring guides, old school books atlas, dictionaries etc.
2.Last book I bought: The last book I bought was "For the children" it's a book of the words of love and inspiration from his Holiness John Paul II.
3. Last book I read: The last book I read from cover to cover was a school book called "accounting today" boring ;) but I am currently in the middle of a variety of books.
4. Books That Mean A lot To Me: There are so many. My favorite would have to be "The New Jerusalem Bible" this was one of my Christmas presents from Jonathan, I particularly like this version a lot it's pretty special, also I make good use of my "Pocket book of Catholic Novenas" this is highly recommended by me.
I love my "Catechism of the Catholic Church" I need to refer to it and suspect always will.
"Together For Life" is a great marriage preparation book that I am reading because I am getting married soon, it's by Joseph M.Champlin.
5. Tag 5 People and have them do this on their blog:
Oh dear!! well here goes:
WAYNE from "Questions and Answers" also
SANTA From "D.E. 2:SoCali" , , Ken, Dan or Greg from "The Other Corner" Samia from "In the heart of God"
Crystal from Crystal Clear
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Little Black Book for Children
It is sponsored by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, made as a "how to" guide. It is also said to contain what activist groups call "deadly misinformation of health"
Also included are lists of gay bars and clubs for the "discerning queer boy"
The booklet mentions abstaining from risky activity, and then states, "But how much fun is that?"
Is this what you would want your children and the children of your country reading?
I think it's a total disgrace, something is very wrong here.
Below is some of the article, and it's only a short description, you can click on the link to find out more about this:
A Massachusetts activist organization today will mark the one-year anniversary of
same-sex marriage in the state by discussing the "dark underbelly" of the institution in front of Boston's City Hall.
The Article 8 Alliance" claims the state's schools have become more active in pushing homosexuality with students, pointing to an April 30 event at Brookline High School.
Read the article HERE at world net daily.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
God bless those I love
(say the name(s) of those you love)
And all the people in the world
The sick, the poor, the needy,
The hungry, the homeless,
The lost and the lonely
Show them Your presence, oh Lord
Let them know You love them
Help us to love You, to respect You
To honor You and to obey You
All the days of our lives
We ask You this through Jesus Christ,
Our Lord, Amen
Jonathan has written an informative article explaining the history behind it and the "why" is it important? etc HERE
I know some of my readers and think you would enjoy reading this. (and the ones I don't know )
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Schapelle asks PM for help
Schapelle Corby has pleaded with Prime minister John Howard to help her, she said "Mr.Howard , as a father and as a leader, I plead for your help, I did not do this, I beg for justice, I don't know how much longer I can do this, pleas bring me home, please"
But Mr. Howard said "I feel for her, I understand why there is so much public sympathy for her. I would simply say that I hope justice is done and it's a fair and true verdict"
It seems to me that Mr. Howard could at least try to do something! Here is Schapelle begging for help from her countries Prime Minister and he says that?? Maybe he can't do much but he really could try, if it were his daughter i'm sure he would do more.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Here Fr.Jim Tucker explains what the words mean and where they come from and how they are translated etc, which I also found interesting, like the Kyrie Eleison and all that.
If you havent heard the chants you can find them on Mp3's legally.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
He wrote an article called "Smearing Christians" and if you want to have a read go Here
Church concern as lesbians and singles win IVF therapy The Church in Victoria appears likely to lobby against the implementation of recommendations by the state's Law Reform Commission that single women and lesbians should legally have access to IVF treatment without needing to prove they are medically infertile.Catholic Health Australia CEO Francis Sullivan told The Age that the State Government should stick with the status quo. "A child should at least start life knowing a father and a mother wherever possible," he said.
I would agree with Francis Sullivan
For the rest of the article go
Pray for Douglas Wood
Pray for Douglass Wood and his family
just some stuff
Did you know that Elephants grieve the loss of a family member, stillborn baby(maybe the don't like abortion!) and in many other cases other elephants?
Did you know that elephants cry and laugh and have dreams?
That's my take on animal love today ;)
"Unless you believe, you will not understand"....... How true
Monday, May 09, 2005
Baby saved by a nursing dog!
I was surprised to hear that an abandoned baby (nurses have named her Angel) was saved by a female nursing dog, in a place called Nairoby in Kenya.
Angel is a newborn baby who was abandoned in a forrest, wrapped in a plastic bag.
Apparantly the dog carried the baby in the plastic bag, accross a busy road, through a barbed wire fence and to a shed where she had her puppies.
Angel is doing fine now in hospital, responding to antibiotics and other treatments.
I think this is an amazing story. It goes to show you that even some dogs care more about a human life than some of our people and court systems.
Saint Francis of Assisi would be proud!
You can read the full story HERE
Below is a photo of the nameless dog who saved the life of baby Angel!
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Baby born alive in abortion clinic?
The autopsy report can be seen at evangelical underground
and world net daily has reported on it.
It seems that a baby was born alive in an abortion clinic and no one did a thing. I saw photos of "baby Rowan". Either way, the pictures show a baby who is not alive, and abortion is wrong whether he was stillborn or born alive.
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Little baby Charlotte
I came across the story of a very special girl Charlotte Wyatt.
I couldn't help but be touched by her story and her fight for life.
Charlotte was born 3 months early and was quickly put into an incubator, even before her parents could hold her, but she improved and was eating with a spoon.
But then Charlotte got a blood infection and became worse and the doctors decided that she would never recover, she became deaf and blind. The doctors said that she will always be in pain and always be blind and deaf and they urged Justice Hedley to allow them not to care for her if she would need to be ventilated again.
Then baby Charlotte improved, she could see and hear, so instead of dying she prospered, and she began to laugh and cry, but still the order not to resuscitate is there, the Judge decided not to remove the order DNR (do not resuscitate).
Charlottes parents have many times asked for Charlottes medical records, but so far no avail.
Don't you think this is unfair? That parents cannot view their own child's medical records? So who does her life belong to, the hospital? The law? The doctors said that Charlotte would be blind, deaf and in pain for the rest of her life, yet her parents didn't give up and she is alive and no longer blind, deaf or in pain, she can laugh, cry and smile.
This is wrong!!! This is Charlottes life and she belongs to her loving parents,
please read more about her here charlottewyatt.blogspot.com and support her case, write to her parents or join the prayer chain, or make a donation..
Showing your support
Update: To read the latest posts from me regarding Schapelle Corby and her conviction click HERE
It's been great to see the support from all over the world for Schapelle Corby. I have seen some of the petitions, there are so many, but of course the more the better.
I have noticed many of you from the USA have been in full support, and have seen so many signatures and messages. Thank God for people who support what is right.
Keep up the signing of the petition for Schapelle
Some one's life is at stake here, and i'm glad some people can actually see that.
Firstly having a fair trial is a must, and secondly this is a possible death penalty, death to a young 27 year old girl who has possibly done nothing wrong.
Happy Mother's Day!!
Happy Mother's day to all the mother's out there! From labour pains,sleepness nights with crying babes, (not to mention diapers) toddlers, teens, adults, housework, cooking, cleaning, working, it never ends!!!
I hope all the mums, including mine, have a great day.
Lets not forget our other mother, Mary!
My soul doth magnify the Lord,
and my spirit hath rejoiced
in God my Savior.
Because he hath regarded
the humility of the handmaid;
for behold from henceforth
shall call me blessed.
Because he that is mighty
hath done great things
to me; and holy
is his name.
And his mercy is
to them that fear him.
He hath shewed might
in his arm;
he hath scattered the proud
in the conceit
of their heart.
He hath put down
the mighty from their seat,
and hath exalted
He hath filled the hungry
with good things
and the rich he hath
sent empty away.
He hath received Israel
being mindful of his mercy.
As he spoke to our fathers,
and to his seed forever.
David has written a great post about mother's day regarding Mary our mother
Anyone seen some slippers?
What classic movie are you?
I thought it would be fun to have a go so here is what I seem to have come up with
If you like these things you can take the test here What Classic Movie Are You?
Friday, May 06, 2005
I was reflecting over photos and some memories today. I found a poem that I chose for my dad after he died in 2001.
Photos are such great memories to have, I love them and wherever I go I try to snap everything! And I can look at photos for hours, of just about anything.
One thing I wish I could do was have dad in the photos of my wedding when I do get married, the whole walking down the isle with my dad was something that I always thought of, but I do know that many people cannot have that, not just me. I count myself lucky to have the rest of my family coming, not that we have dates or anything, I'm just thinking.
But today I just had that time to spend thinking of my wonderful dad and the great times.
I also recently read a blog which reminded me of dads.
Sometimes I spot a man in the distance and he kind of looks like my dad, which makes me look twice, i'm sure that happens a lot to others, or I could be walking through our property and remember times when I would spot him working away on the vines, I used to walk around the farm a lot, hoping and wishing to find something that belonged to him on the way, I don't know why, I guess anything that was his I wanted for me or perhaps anything that would take me back to a moment when he was alive.
The first Christmas without him was so strange, and i'm sure anyone who has lost someone would go through it, the difficult thing was not buying him a gift and not including him on that Christmas list.
But God is good and we can see our loved ones again which is wonderful, and I don't feel fatherless because I still have my God who indeed is my father.
We were a close family and dad was a great provider. Here is the poem I chose for my dad:
They say it is a beautiful journey
from the old world to the new
Some day I'll take that journey Dad
To the stairway that leads to you
And when I reach that garden
Where all are free from pain
I'll put my arms around you Dad
and we will never part again
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Spot the baby!
This is sooooo blog worthy
Image from Here
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
songs in my head
"It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had"
I think it's just called "africa" but I love it, does anyone know the band who sings it? It's really old, probably from the 80's I bet. Anyway I want to buy it and want to know who sings it, so if you know.....
Partial Birth Abortion
I have recently learned about partial birth abortion. I was really saddened when I looked at the actual procedure in a diagram HERE it's ok to look at because it's in a cartoon type form, not photos (which I cant stomach anyway).
It's really such a waste of a life and kills someone who cannot speak for themselves (reminds me of Terri Schiavo).
Partial birth abortion has been preformed for years and it's definetly not a rare procedure, mothers can choose to have one just because they want one, so it's not just for health reasons. Don't you see a problem here?
Here is a statement from the Holy See about partial birth abortion:
VATICAN CITY, April 19, 1996 (VIS) -The following is the declaration made this afternoon by Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Holy See Press Office director, on the decision by the president of the United States with regard to "partial birth abortion":
"The Holy See fully supports the position taken by the cardinals of the United States and by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. This position obviously is shared by many other persons, including non-Catholics.
"As has already been stated by the American cardinals, this presidential decision is 'more akin to infanticide than to abortion' and thus it is not surprising that 65 percent of those who call themselves 'pro choice' are opposed to 'partial birth abortion'.
"This presidential decision, in contradiction to the position of the American congress is a 'shameful veto' which in practice amounts to an incredibly brutal act of aggression against innocent human life and the inalienable human rights of the unborn.
"The fact that this presidential decision legalizes this inhuman procedure, morally and ethically imperils the future of a society which condones it.
"Naturally, this situation makes ever more urgent a greater solidarity of everyone in defense of life of the unborn, who cannot speak for themselves."
Monday, May 02, 2005
To the indonesian Judges
If you are opposed to the death penalty, have read about Schapelle Corby and believe she has not been given a fair trial, sign the petition to the indonesion Judges and let them know. Also don't forget to sign the petition to the government.
These petitions are important and could very well be a good chance of saving Schapelle. Remember, it doesnt matter what country you are in, there are signatures from the USA and Canada on the forms. And life is not about nationality.
Here are the petition links
and Schapelle Corby is Innocent
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Kids can say the funniest things, here are some quotes that had me laughing!
"I'm being haive!" -- 2 year old son, when his mother told him told to behave
"I'm glad I'm finally eight. This is the oldest I've ever been in my entire life!" -- 8 year old son.
"Oh, well Mom said all I had to use was the sponge and dish detergent." -- 12 year old daughter, when her father told her he used elbow grease to get the dishes clean
"Why don't you get some expensive money?" -- 3 year old daughter, when told by her mother that she could get a small toy but that the ones asked for were too expensive
"There's no one in there." -- 6 year old son, in response to seeing his father hanging pictures and tapping on the walls to find the support beams.
"If I was a raccoon I would eat the farmer's corpse." -- A kindergartener, writing a story about what we would do if he were a raccoon
Well, sometimes I say something mean to my brother, but I feel really good inside. Does that mean I'm a hypocrite?" -- 7 year old girl, after a Sunday School teacher explained that a hypocrite was someone who says one thing but feels something else.
"Daddy, did your hair slip?" -- 3 year old son, to his bald but long bearded father
"Daddy picked them up and looked underneath. I think it's printed on the bottom." -- 3 year old son, when his mother asked how his father knew the genders of four new baby kittens
"Well you're old, and you're not dead." -- "3 year old son, to his father. The comment followed an explanation of why the father's grandparents weren't around anymore.
"The box says you can't eat them if the seal is broken. I'm looking for the seal." -- A young son, examining the contents of a box of Animal Crackers
"Don't kid me, Mom, I know they're my feet." -- 3 year old son, when his mother told him his shoes were on the wrong feet
"Mommy, you said it would be a shot; instead it was a needle!" -- Boy, overheard at the hospital
"How do you put make up on your mind?" -- Girl, when told she should make up her mind.
"I wish someone we knew would die so we could leave them flowers." -- 6 year old girl, upon
seeing flowers in a cemetery.
"And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us some email." -- 4 year old girl, misquoting the Lord's Prayer
Boy: "Poppop, you have hair in your nose."
Grandpa: "Everybody has hair in their nose."
Boy: "But you have a lot of hair in your nose."
Grandpa: "Well, it's not growing on top of my head very well. I have to grow it somewhere."
Boy: (thoughtful pause) "Do you want me to pull some of it out for you
Terri Schiavo's final moments, by Fr. Frank Pavone
I was interested in reading his letter about Terri Schiavo's final moments, and think maybe some of you guys may be interested, to read his letter click
also if you wish to send a personal email to the Schindler family he can pass it on to them.