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Friday 19 June 2015 | Fr Ross Jones SJ
Leadership All At Sea
Last month, an Australian naval vessel, HMAS Wollongong, intercepted a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers en route to New Zealand in international waters. It is alleged that an Australian official in civilian clothes boarded the asylum-seeker’s vessel and proceeded to pay US$6,000 to the captain and then $5,000 to each of five crew members to return the refugees to Indonesia in two replacement boats. When one of the boats ran out of fuel, the asylum-seekers transferred to the second boat. It eventually hit a reef, from where the passengers were rescued by local villagers. This week, an Indonesian police general provided photos of the cash and statements by the smugglers who described the alleged transaction.
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Friday 15 May 2015 | Fr Ross Jones SJ
Who Is My Neighbour?
An innocent enough question from that lawyer to Jesus in Luke’s gospel. Jesus responded with a parable rather than a definition – the story of The Good Samaritan. That story broke every barrier of sectarianism, cultural history and baggage, prejudice and insularity imaginable for his Jewish audience. In our time, looking after one’s neighbour challenges self-interest, myopia and that old Australian cop-out, “I’m alright, Jack”. In the broadest of visions, Ignatius used to tell his Jesuits, “The world is our home.” In that tradition in which we find ourselves. It is a reason that impels us to send our young men to serve on Immersions. It is something to be reminded of.
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Friday 1 May 2015 | Fr Ross Jones SJ
A Seamless Garment
For more than a decade I have been taking groups of young Aloysians and Ignatians on Immersions to the Philippines. On each occasion, we spend about four days working with the Jesuit Prison Ministry at the National Penitentiary, Muntinlupa, south of Manila. Part of that experience is to visit the now-disused building where, during the Presidency of Joseph Estrada, seven prisoners were killed by lethal injection – all of them poor. Estrada’s successor, Gloria Arroyo suspended capital punishment in 2006 and 1,230 death row inmates were commuted to life imprisonment.Upon arrival at this rather insignificant-looking building, the boys see the twin notices at the entrance: “Bureau of Correction” and “Lethal Injection Chamber”. Immediately they sense the irony. Correction and execution. The same ambiguity has faced many in our nation in recent months as we have traced the fate of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Indonesia. If Andrew and Myuran were not rehabilitated (as evidenced by their reformed and influential lives) then what does rehabilitation mean? What then is a correctional centre? And with post-Easter season language still fresh in our minds, what about redemption?
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Friday 6 February 2015 | Dr Paul Hine
New, Old, and Transforming Experiences
Although only two weeks of the year have elapsed, the College has settled quickly into its embracing rhythms. The boys who were a little overwhelmed in the early days are finding their way around the grounds and the classrooms, exuding an appreciable familiarity with the structures and routines of College life.
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Friday 6 February 2015 | Fr Ross Jones SJ
Really Listening
This year, the student body has chosen another theme with which to run, to put before their peers: Find Your Voice. It is a multi-layered exhortation. Much fruit for the months ahead.
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