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Shay Cullen and Human Trafficking

Father Shay Cullen is a priest from Ireland and a member of the Missionary Society of St. Columban. He has devoted his life to rescuing and ministering to child prostitutes in the Philippines since 1969. Cullen is famous for his espionage and undercover activities. He can be described as a spy for Jesus. Sometimes he swaps his clerical robes for the guise of a paedophile tourist. Using hidden video cameras, he visits and exposes the hidden places where children are prostituted and abused.

Do not trust in these gods!

This is a short tract about men and women who are believed to be divine.

      

Do not put your faith in Prince Philip, Maradona or Tendulkar

 

Mathematician Pythagoras was worshipped by many.

He urged his followers to worship the Number 10.

He died in 495 BC.

Alexander the Great was revered as a god.

Some say he is responsible for 3,500,000 deaths.

He died in 323 BC.

Caesar Augustus was worshiped by millions.

His followers believed he could wipe away their sins.

Time to grow?

Like many who are not schoolteachers, NHS staff or other key workers, in these recent weeks I have been getting used to spending most of my time at home, getting very acquainted with Zoom and the various tools we are using for online teaching at the university where I work. It’s been quite enlightening (and at times quite shocking!) to see how this period of enforced restriction has affected my sense of time: little jobs can stretch out to fill a whole day, and often I will look at the clock (or the calendar!) and be startled to see how much time has passed.

Writing acknowledgements: depending on others

Just over a week ago I submitted my doctoral thesis. One of the most enjoyable parts of the final few weeks of this process was writing the acknowledgements. Before sitting down to do this, I had thought to myself: "I'm not going to be one of those people who writes pages and pages of acknowledgements. It's self-indulgent and a bit too much like showing off. Surely a paragraph or two will be enough."

Become a Consumerist Today

Become a Consumerist Today

My name is Ron and I am a lad from London.

I am a consumerist.

My life is all about consuming cars, motorbikes, haircuts and films.

I will be a millionaire in ten years.

This is what I believe.

Take it or leave it.

The world is a stockpile of raw materials.

Iron ore, copper, soil, plants, animals are there for the taking.

We turn this stuff into commodities like fridges, tellies, golf clubs.

Nice!

I am a selfish calculating machine.

George MacDonald, Anxiety, and Joy

George MacDonald (1824-1905) was a Scottish clergyman and writer who profoundly influenced the fiction and non-fiction works of C.S. Lewis. One of Lewis’s lesser-known publications is an edited collection of MacDonald’s writings: the book can be hard to find in print now, but a dear friend gifted my a copy of it two years ago, offering me a valuable 'guided tour' of MacDonald's profound, if at times abstruse, writings on life and faith.

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