Friday October 21 2016
The truth of the above statement is undoubtedly a known experience for most if not all of us. Virtuous lifestyles and healthy living (whilst to some extent) are things we know instinctually because of what we call natural law, nevertheless growing in goodness and virtue is also a step by step process. Like the poet says
“Sow a thought, reap an act.
Sow an act, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny.”
So I was mindful of this maxim on reading the story of the Mayor and other civic leaders of the town of Twowoomba, Queensland Australia who have launched A City Free From Porn” campaign, which asked supporters to take a pledge that was handed out to all in attendance on business cards. The Pledge reads thus:
“I acknowledge that viewing pornography promotes exploitation of women and violence against women and it damages families,” I commit that I won’t view porn and I will help create a city free from porn.”
Commenting on this the Mayor, Paul Antonio said; “We must begin a journey with one step. I think what we’ve focused on today is the real value of proper relationships.”
Here is a link
Bravo to this Mayor and the citizens of this town for taking a massive countercultural step.
God willing this initiative will spread to other towns and communities and gain a gradual critical mass for change in attitudes towards pornography. A US campaign runs a slogan; “Porn is Lame.” Well use of it can certainly cripple people emotionally spiritually and morally as clearly evidenced now by the neuroscience and behavioural psychologists treating porn addicts. It leaves many people lame so to speak and especially those caught up in the industry. Pope Francis says the Church must be a field hospital for the spiritually wounded. So before this Year of Mercy ends in November if you or someone you know has been crippled by the use of porn never forget the unfailing promise of Christ to St. Faustina of His boundless mercy.
“When a soul sees and realizes the gravity of its sins, when the whole abyss of the misery into which it has immersed itself is displayed before its eyes, let it not despair, but with trust let it throw itself into the arms of my mercy, as a child into the arms of its beloved mercy. Tell these souls they have a right of priority to
My compassionate Heart, they have first access to My mercy. And tell them that no soul that has ever called on My mercy has ever been disappointed or brought to shame.”
Diary of Faustina (#1541)
Last week I informed readers of my imminent change of employment. After almost 13 years working in Westminster diocese I am moving on next month to serve the Diocese of Portsmouth as Professional Adviser to the Episcopal Vicar for Education and work as a diocesan Schools Commissioner.
It’s going to be a big change but an exciting opportunity to continue to build up the Gospel of Life and the Family as creatively as possible. Please say a prayer for me. !