Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Religion for Today

Today, my religion reading was on the Sacrament of Baptism.

It said how a person can't get to heaven without this Sacrament, being a spiritual re-birth and shedding of the Original Sin.

There are only two other ways that a person can get to heaven without Baptism: Baptism of desire and Baptism of blood.

Baptism of desire is where the person was never able to recieve the Sacrament, but still lived a good life, or if a person was totally ignorant of the Sacrament. This allows everyone who lived a good life to still get to heaven.

Baptism of blood is where a non-Christian dies as a martyr, thus allowing the person to get to heaven. A non-Christian martyr could be someone inspired by the martyrs around them and fight with them, dying a martyr's death and going to heaven.

Baptism performed outside the Church still counts if it follows the form, matter and intent.

The form is the person who Baptises says 'In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost', the matter is water and so long as the intent is to get rid of sin.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008


My religion today was about the Seven Sacraments and how the give us grace and help us on the way to Heaven.

The Sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist. Confession, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.

My religion book said that the Sacraments are like signs, but through God, they help us to follow them. It gave an example of a stop sign. It reminds us to stop, but can't do anything else, while a Sacrament would help us to stop.

They are outward signs of God's grace in us.

Thus, each Sacrament helps us to lead a better life and aid us when we need help, such as the Annointing of the Sick helping to give you hope and feel safer.

They are important parts of are religious life and helps us get to heaven.


Tuesday, September 30, 2008


For my religion today, I read a leaflet on World Youth Day written by a Fr. John Flader, recalling highlights of WYD and providing a summary of the week.

1: There was around 113,000 Australians and 110,000 registered pilgrims from across the world.

2: The Police Commisioner of Sydney reported that it the crime rate had been at it's lowest during the week of Wortld Youth Day and that the police officers were friendly, as he stated that any other time there would have been a riot, but the pilgrims followed the police willingly.

3: Thousands of pilgrims from across the world made their way on Saturday over the Sdyney Harbour Bridge on their pilgramage to the shrine of Blessed Mary Mackillop.

4: Relics of several saints and blesseds attracted crowds of pilgrims, especially the body of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, with streams of pilgrims coming to pray before his body.

5: The Stations of the Cross, on Friday, was very powerful, set as it was against the city and the slowly setting sun, with Pope Benedict leading the people who attended in prayer at each Station.

6: The WYD Cross and Icon, which had travelled the world with each World Youth Day, attracted many people to pray near the iconic Cross and Icon.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

RAAF family day

On Saturday, we went to the RAAF family day. It was really cool.

All of us went, and we were going to take a friend, but he had things on. First of all, when we arrived, we had to get visitor passes and then went into the base.

We tried out a C130 Hercules H simulator, which was great fun. When I flew, Jonathon was my co-pilot (holding me back from flying really low!) and we flew under Sydney Harbour Bridge. Thomas and Luke, his co-pilot, also flew under the bridge but they crashed afterwards, trying to land.

It was also really funny, because we couldn't put the landing gear up, as an alarm went off!!! So instead, we flew with the landing gear down.

After that, we had sausages and drinks, and then went on a Hercules H for a flight around the Blue Mountains. It was a fairly low flight, but the plane was really noisy!

We met some friends who had come, and then we went home.

It was really great fun. especially the simulator!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My religion for today

today my religion reading was about snactifying grace and the three theological virtues.

Sanctifying grace is a gift from God to help us on the way to Heaven. Snactifying grace can inspire you to be nice and help someone through any problems they are having or it can inspire us to go and do something else, such as read the bible, etc.

Because sanctifying grace helps us to be kind to others, it is a very important gift from God which helps us get to Heaven.

The three theological virtues, as my religion book called them, are faith, hope and charity.

Faith, for obvious reasons, is incredbily important, as it helps us to accept God and things of our religion which we may not understand.

Hope is also important, as without hope we wouldn't do anything to get to Heaven, as we would believe we never could get to Heaven. Thus, hope is just as important as faith.

Charity helps us to be nice to others and help them along the way to Heaven, helping us ass well. It helps uas to be closer to God, as we are showing love and kindness to strangers.

All of the theological virtues and sanctifying grace are important and help us be closer to God and help us get to Heaven


Sunday, August 24, 2008


Today I felt like researching Dacia, so decided to wikipedia them and put some information on my blog.

t was mainly where modern Romania and Moldova are, with bits of Hungary, Bulgaria and Ukraine, with the capitol of Dacia being Sarmizegetusa.

Based on archaeological findings, it can be determined that the Dacian culture started to develop from north of the Danube river to the Carpathian mountains. The Dacians were considered to be part of the Thracian nations.

The Dacians themselves were divided into two classes: the aristocracy (tarabostes) and the common people (comati). Only the aristocracy were allowed to cover their heads, and wore felt caps.

The Dacians had good outside trade, as determined from the vast amount of foreign coins found in the land.

They mainly concentrated on agriculture, apiculture, viticulture, livestock, ceramics, metal-working and the gold and silver mines in modern Transylvania.

In 85 AD, the Dacians attacked a nearby Roman province. In response, the Romans conquered
Dacia after several campaigns and cease-fires from 85 till 105 AD.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Book Report

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
By J.R.R tolkien

The lord of the Rings trilogy is (as you most likely know) a fantasy adventure about the Fellowship of the Ring as they try to destroy the One Ring of Sauron, and they end up fighting in massive seiges and battles for the realms of Rohan and Gondor.

The reason I chose the book (this is about the third time I've read the trilogy) is because it is the 'starting point' of modern fantasy and I also love the detail put in the world and in the various maps that Tolkien drew.

It's for this reason that when I've read this book, I'm going to read the History of Middle-earth 12 book series.


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