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On Sustainable Development

9 September 2011

UN Secretary General in a speech given at the University of Sydney:

On 31 October (2011), the seven billionth child is going to be born. I’m not sure whether we have to celebrate it or be concerned. For that child, and for all of us, we must keep working to fight poverty, create decent jobs and provide dignified life, while preserving the world that sustains us.

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Romans 12

5 November 2010

My friends,

Offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.

Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God – what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.

And because of God’s gracious gift to me I say to everyone of you: do not think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that God has given you.

We have many parts in one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body.

So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; if it is to encourage others, we should do so.

Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully.

Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold onto what is good. Love one another and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, pray at all times. Share your belongings with the needy and open your homes to strangers.

Ask God to bless those who persecute you. Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep. Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think yourselves as wise.

If someone does you wrong, do not repay with wrong. Try to do what is considered to be good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. Never take revenge on anyone.

Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good.

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The Modern Saint – we can connect to their narrative

16 October 2010

Divine intervention in a modern world

Sydney Morning Herald
Jacqueline Maley
16 October 2010

Mary MacKillop has broken beyond the veil of religion, writes Jacqueline Maley.

Mary MacKillop never slayed a dragon. She never led the French into battle and she didn’t drive any snakes from any islands.She was a school teacher who suffered debilitating period pain and died, overweight and sickly, in a cottage in North Sydney, having done many good works. Mary’s ”normalness” endears her to Australians but it also heightens the contrast between the mediaeval version of sainthood – full of martyrdoms, stigmata and heroics in battle – and its modern incarnation.

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What if?

14 October 2010

‘What’ and ‘If’ are two words that are about as least threatening as words can be.

But put them side by side and they can haunt someone for the rest of their lives.

WHAT IF?

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Look beyond the simple solutions

8 September 2010

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong

H. L. Mencken

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Stand up

21 August 2010

Those who STAND for NOTHING
will FALL for ANYTHING

Alexander Hamilton

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This is the truth

21 August 2010

This clip was an advertising campaign used by Lopez Murphy, running for president in Argentina.