God’s Word Lives and Acts

From the Office of Readings for Friday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time:

‘The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword.’ What great power and what great wisdom there is in the word of God, these words demonstrate to men seeking Christ, who is the word, and the power and wisdom of God. This word, with the Father in the beginning and co-eternal with him, was at the appointed time revealed to the apostles, and by them proclaimed, and humbly received in faith by the peoples who believed. The word, them, is in the Father, in the mouth of the preacher, and in the heart of men.

From the works of Baldwin of Canterbury.

Last Word of the Synod

No, not the last word on the Synod. There will be, no doubt, many more words written and spoken on the recently concluded Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. But as promised, you will find a link below to the official English translation of the final Synod document, the Relatio Synodi, that has been published.

A Lesson In Justice

I received the following story in an email today. I can’t vouch for its veracity or accuracy, but one would like to think it might just be true… Wouldn’t it be nice to hear about the possibility of something similar happening in Australia.

An Indonesian judge by the name of Marzuki was sitting in judgment of an old lady who pleaded guilty of stealing some tapioca from a plantation. In her defense, the old lady admitted to the Judge that she was indeed guilty of the crime because she was poor, and her son was sick while her grandchild was hungry.

The plantation manager insisted that she be punished as a deterrent to others.

The judge going through the documents then looked up and said to the old lady, “I’m sorry but I cannot make any exception to the Law and you must be punished accordingly”.

The old lady was fined Rp 1 million (USD 100), and if she could not pay the fine, she would be jailed for 2 1/2 years as demanded by the Law. She wept as she could not pay the fine.

The Judge then took her hat and put in Rp 100,000 into the hat and said, “In the name of justice, I fine all present in the Court at Rp 50,000 (USD 5.50) each as dwellers of this City for letting a child starve until her grandmother is compelled to steal to feed her grandchild. The Registrar will now collect the fines from all present.”

The Court managed to collect Rp 3.5 million (USD 350) including the fine collected from the plantation manager, whereby the fine was paid off, and the rest was given to the old lady!

Will we ever see such a thing happening in our courts?

Claimed As His Own

From the Office of Readings for Thursday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time:

Because an impress of Wisdom has been made in us and is found in all the works of creation, it is natural that the true, creative Wisdom should apply to itself what belongs to its impress, and say: ‘The Lord created me in his work.’ Indeed the things which the wisdom that is in us speaks, these the Lord himself claims as his own.

In consequence, he is not created who is the creator; but on account of his likeness created in the works themselves, he says those words as if of himself. Hence, just as the Lord said, ‘He who receives you receives me,’ because his form is in us, so although he may not be numbered among created things, yet because his form and likeness is created in God’s works, he says as though it were himself: ‘The Lord created me as the beginning of his ways in his work.’

From the discourse of St Athanasius against the Arians.

Investor State Dispute Settlement

Probably not the usual subject matter for Semper Quaerens but I came across this article today in The Guardian that raises some very serious issues in terms of national sovereignty surrendered surreptitiously because of clauses that allow foreign investors (also known as ‘corporations’) to instigate arbitration proceedings – proceedings that are non-reviewable by the judicial system of the country hosting the said foreign investors – at any point where the said foreign investors feel that their profits or market share have been negatively impacted by legislation, regulations, policy or court rulings in the host country.

Is this what the Prime Minister meant when he said “Australia is open for business”?

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