In Father Brendan's musings, "Don't wait for a sign, you know the answer," he reminds us that whether we are young or old, the time to start doing something good is now.
This reminded me of a quote by Anne Frank, "how wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
One thing that we can all do instantly to help improve the world is to make humane choices when we shop.
By choosing cruelty-free non-animal foods only, we can immediately help make the world a kinder and happier place and reduce needless suffering.
The best thing of all is that it takes absolutely no effort on our part.
Father Brendan concluded by saying, that waking up this morning was a "sign" that we still have good things to do in this world.
Well, reading this letter may be your "sign" to give veganism a go.
Make Wagga beautiful again
I am writing this because I am concerned about the crime rate in Wagga.
I live in Mount Austin with my wife and two boys.
We have been here since 1999 and the crime rate seems to be getting worse.
The police work very hard but the people that commit these crimes get off in the courts and it must be so frustrating for the police.
I am sure everyone wants a safe community.
It is very hard with children if they do not find enough to do and some of the communities are very untidy and run down.
I think that people feel very unwanted if they come from a run down area and do anything to feel wanted.
I would very much like to volunteer to help clean up communities with council.
More bins would be a good start, a small plastic bin that only opened so far.
I know the cost but the good and clean city would be worth it.
If we advertised for volunteers, I’m sure people would help just to help others.
I think that just once a month we should establish a meeting place and a barbecue, many people and businesses would get behind it.
We just need some help to get started and we can have a clean city and people with more pride.
This is a great city and we need to help keep it that way.
To swear or not to swear
How many of us, when we are suddenly shocked or surprised or grieved don’t react by blurting out “OMG” or ‘omg’?
And in doing so, do not fully realise what we say, or else we would not do it.
In the most frequent prayed prayer around the world, we say in the very first ‘ hallowed be your name,’ which means “your name be treated with reverence, with awe and respect.”
It is better not to say it at all then to say it without meaning it, as that would be sheer hypocrisy.
Would anyone knowingly abuse or insult the name of their father or mother or other loved one?
Not very likely.
All the more reason to treat with respect and awe the name of God, our creator.
If you must exclaim something then change it into “oh my goodness” or whatever.
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