|From today's parish newsletter.|
How refreshing it is to drink from the cup of sanity most Sundays.
I'm not referring to the communion wine, but to a dialogue about asylum seekers not driven by fear and hate.
Take a look at the relevant page from today's parish newsletter.
The top segment refers to an appeal launched a few week's ago to help a number of recently arrived asylum seekers - arrived in Toowoomba, that is. The result was a flood of offers of time and kind. This is a generous community.
There is also a march and picnic on Palm Sunday organized by TRAMS (Toowoomba Refugee and Migrant Support) from the cathedral to the gardens.
There are weekly Friday prayers and reflections at the Social Justice Commission as part of the National Lament for Asylum Seekers.
A petition was circulating at mass today requesting the federal government to end inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. As far as I could see, the whole congregation signed it.
|A small dose of reality.|
The image above (which appeared on the parish newsletter) provides pictorial evidence of the significance of boat arrivals in the Australian context. It is clear that we don't have a "problem" that warrants the hysteria promoted in the mainstream media. Recent publicity about the extent of passport forgery as used by unauthorized arrivals by air, also puts the issue in clearer perspective.
Sunday mass has become an oasis of sanity in a desert of hysteria.