Are Christian and Catholic schools actually God or Christ-centred? Or are they Christian and Catholic Church-centred. There is a massive difference. Who is asking? God is. Along with Jesus. This discussion is relevant to any religion or spiritua path that owes its identity to God.
Our capacity for creating our own reality is real. But it was no gift. Nor do we have the consent of life to do so, should what we design be traumatic for it. God - or life - has been clear since the beginning of time. 'Do not create individual realities, which are abusive to mine. Do so, and you reject me. And you do so against my wishes and without my consent!'
The education system in my homeland of Australia is a mess. And this mess has impacted heavily on the psychological health of both students and teachers. The bridge between what we see and hear through websites and marketing campaigns and what is really happening has never been wider. Schools are not places many people want to be. More and more, career educators who I know and love are telling me they are done. But it does not have to be this way. In fact, it never did.
This year's theme for Reconciliation Week in my homeland of Australia is 'Be Brave, Make Change!' This is wise as it takes far more courage to love where there is hurt, than to cling to that hurt as a source of division. This is true for us as a nation, and for each of us in our individual lives. And in terms of our relationship with ourselves and others. It is not love standing in the way of reconciliation. In a human experience, love knows it can't balk at anything. That's why it is so courageous. To us all, love says, 'I am ready when you are!' This piece was first posted on the 26th of January 2018. What a four years it has been for life. It is her we should love for, more than anything else. For life and our sacred mother do not take sides. As she said to me once in Central Australia - 'Why can't we just love!?'