Tag Archives: Peter Day

PETER DAY. ‘The smell of the sheep’ (Pope Francis)

It should be noted that the intention of this reflection is not to play ‘the man’ (bishops, clerics), but rather ‘the ball’ (church governance, culture): to shine a light on a deeper and systemic illness that needs root and branch … Continue reading

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PETER DAY. Catholic Archbishops to front Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This week the Catholic archbishops of Australia will be called to give evidence at the full panel of Royal Commission in Sydney.  

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PETER DAY. Trump’s Tower of Babel

Indeed, “May God well bless America”, because what it needs now appears to be well beyond the scope of mere mortals.  

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PETER DAY. Kyrgios: the anti-hero

Like the rest of us, Nick needs time: time to mature; time to know himself; and time to sort out the wheat from the chaff – as regards the latter, I think he’s already worked out that the media is … Continue reading

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PETER DAY. Homelessness v houselessness

We need to change the way we do charity and welfare; we’re out of kilter: lots of giving and receiving of things, but too little giving of ourselves – we just don’t have the time. It hardly needs saying, “People … Continue reading

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PETER DAY. Grandpa’s favourite Shepherd

This Christmas child won’t give you discounted goods … rather he’ll invite you to be humble, other-centred.

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PETER DAY. Is western civilisation bored?

  Religion. The mob. Capitalism. Fundamentalism. Bad parenting. Racism. Materialism. Youth unemployment. Poverty. Thugs. Multiculturalism. Rich vs poor … Take your pick; even add to the list, as we collectively grapple to decipher the root causes of the violence and … Continue reading

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PETER DAY. The Lord’s Prayer: beyond lip service

Diego’s phone rang, said the voice in Spanish ‘I am Pope Francis’.  “Our Father in heaven; hallowed be your name …” How well we know these words – perhaps too well as they slip off our tongues like a perfunctory … Continue reading

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PETER DAY. The Parable of the Good Muslim

  Some right leaning Christian politicians and commentators were not satisfied when a wise man told them you should love your neighbour as yourself. “And who is my neighbour,” they asked. The wise man replied: A conservative Member of Parliament … Continue reading

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PETER DAY. Despite alcohol and gambling in sport, let us never forget ‘the backyard’.

Sport is a majestic thing. Just like our imaginations, it takes us to so many good places. The backyard: where gran and grandson become batting partners in a fiercely fought family ‘Test Match’. The beach: where sand and water gently accommodate the … Continue reading

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Peter Day. Professional sport needs more ‘Pats’.

Despite all the feel good talk, the rags to riches stories and wonderful qualities that people like to associate with professional sport, when all is said and done, what really shapes and drives it are these three things: Results 2. … Continue reading

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Peter Day. The Cupboard.

“There you go, Peter, today’s pay. Don’t waste it.” “Thank you, Mr Boss; I can now buy some paint for my cupboard. Have a good night, Mr Boss, I’m going home now.” “Okay, Peter, see you tomorrow … same time?” … Continue reading

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Peter Day. God: tiny, unassuming; lying at our feet

To some of us it’s a time to pause, to reflect, to stand in awe. But to the vast majority of us it’s the silly season: a time of over-eating, drinking, buying, selling, worrying, partying, beaching, and pressured family gatherings. … Continue reading

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Peter Day. Hatred won’t stop me patting the dog.

Hatred won’t stop me patting the dog  By Peter Day New York, London, Bali, Madrid, Israel, Beirut, Egypt, Nigeria, Sydney, Paris: on and on it goes, the list of nations and cities left bereft after yet another act of terror. … Continue reading

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Peter Day. “Sally’s worth it.”

Harry Anslinger’s dream to rid the world of drugs was given legs in 1930 when he was appointed the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department‘s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He was a brilliant bureaucrat with a grand vision underpinned … Continue reading

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Peter Day. Warning: role models may shrink

Role models: We love them. We look up to them. We say we need them. We want to know them. We want to live through them. But who are they, and what purpose do they serve? In Australia they tend … Continue reading

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Peter Day. Grappling with same sex marriage

Current Affairs.  Human sexuality is a complex and fragile thing – far greyer than black or white. It is best tended to by gentle, wise, and humble hands. There hasn’t been much gentleness or wisdom surrounding the same sex marriage … Continue reading

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Peter Day. It’s hard being a Catholic today.

The gut-wrenching  accounts coming out of Ballarat this past couple of  weeks are enough to bring a man to his knees: stories of young people crippled by sexual abuse; stories of utter betrayal; stories we would rather not hear – … Continue reading

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Peter Day. Rather Be Dancing With Me Rosie.

My grandad, he represented Australia; wore a green helmet, too. Walked out and faced the music: ducked a lead ball, not a leather one, mind you. Not much of a dressing shed in which to relax and prepare; A stinking-bloody-trench, … Continue reading

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Peter Day. He is Alive: the Spiritual ‘Big Bang’

I love science. It takes us to different places: places of pure logic, of non-emotion, of rational intelligence, of majesty and beauty – sometimes even to places beyond our wildest imaginations. Just think: 13.78 billion years ago our universe is … Continue reading

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Peter Day.  Mum and Dad, or Mum and Mum, or Dad and Dad?

Human sexuality is a complex and fragile thing – far greyer than black or white. It is best tended to by gentle, wise, and humble hands. Alas, there hasn’t been much gentleness or wisdom surrounding the same sex marriage debate, … Continue reading

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Peter Day. Life is sacred, but ….

The “other” is no longer a brother or sister to be loved, but simply someone who disturbs my life and my comfort … In this globalized world, we have fallen into globalized indifference.  We have become used to the suffering … Continue reading

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Peter Day. The Lucky Country

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross,  We’ll toil with hearts and hands To make this Commonwealth of ours Renowned of all the lands. For those who’ve come across the seas, We’ve boundless plains to share. With courage let us all combine … Continue reading

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Peter Day. The Middle East: it’s important to talk.

David was a good Jewish man: faithful to his God; devoted to his family, and deeply connected to his land. Khalid was a good Palestinian man: faithful to his God; devoted to his family, and deeply connected to his land. … Continue reading

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Peter Day. An Open Letter to Cardinal Pell

Dear Cardinal Pell, In the lead-up to next month’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family you and a number of your confreres are re-asserting the church’s longstanding exclusion of divorced and remarried people from communion. Your foreword to The … Continue reading

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