Saturday, 31 Jul 2010
Rich fodder for personal growth and building a better world...
Especially for our weekly readers, could I point out that we have had one of the most invigorating weeks of discussion on Catholica we have ever had. The questions have been big, and deep, and the responses insightful and exciting. The constant sad thing is that all of us are imprisoned by the same set of bars — there are only 24 hours in each day to do all the things we need to do in life and devoting sufficient time to these discussions does take considerable input if we are derive anything out of them, or help bring about change in the institutions that can make a difference in wider society. Catholica is really working like I long hoped it would from our foundation. The lead commentaries are generating really wonderful and thoughtful discussions in our forums.
Today our lead commentary from Dr Ian Elmer deserve special mention because it represents another milestone for us, and for Ian. It is his 150th commentary for Catholica. "Why do we human beings invest so much energy in remembering past heroes and events from our history?" That question is the essentially what Dr Ian Elmer is exploring in today's commentary. The broad body of his commentary explores the central place taken by Abraham in the three great religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Ian ends his commentary though in a more contemporary setting asking how much of our contemporary faith is related to its roots and how our faith is forged by subsequent developments in knowledge and history. Rich fodder for contemplation in this commentary — but don't forget to at least glance through the other incisive commentaries and conversations we have published through this past week.
St Vincent de Paul Story: Particularly for readers overseas and in other States of Australia. The story about the problems besetting the St Vincent de Paul Society in New South Wales have been ramped up through two lengthy investigative pieces in the Sydney Morning Herald today by David Marr. This is also generating much thoughtful response in our forum which should be of interest way outside the confines of New South Wales. I've provided a link below to the discussion emerging in our forum and you will find links there to David Marr's story in the Herald.