IMOTA 4 Poet/Priest R. S. Thomas

R S Thomas was an extraordinary poet.

An Anglican priest in Wales bitterly opposed to the Anglicisation of his native land.

An ardent Welsh nationalist but a great poet in English. A very unique Indigenous Man In The Anglosphere.

He wrote that “The world needs the unifying power of the imagination.” and “The nearest we approach God is as creative beings.”

He loved the endangered red kites of his native land.

When I think of R S Thomas, I think of how it feels when Bunjil soars above me in this ancient southern land.

Geoff Fox, 29th March, 2022, Down Under

(The word art “Silence Flying Free”associated with this post is published under a creative commons license by Geoff Fox and is based on a photo by Charles J Sharp of a red kite in England.)

Women For Freedom #5 Idil

The Prayer “In God We Trust Ya Allah Ya Adl Ya Haq” is mine not Idil’s.

Idil, in Melbourne, condemns Chinese actions towards the Uyghur people.

For this date, two years ago, the falsely imprisoned Cardinal George Pell wrote in his Prison Journal, “We do not want our country to become a dry, weary wasteland, where there is no yearning for the Transcendent, while being mightily superstitious.”

Idil is a new face of turning to God in Australia.

Alhamdullilah!

Praise The Lord!

Geoff Fox, March 21, 2022, Terra Nullius

Women For Freedom # 4 Juanita Paterson

Juanita Paterson had lost her new job as a primary school teacher because she was unvaccinated then attended the protests of the freedom movement in Melbourne and made a new friend whose example lead her into the Christian faith.

Life is beautiful.

Juanita is now a libertarian party candidate for a seat in Federal Parliament.

Geoff Fox, 14th February, 2022, Down Under

IMOTA 3 George Cardinal Pell

George Pell is a deeply religious, sensitive, kind, broad-minded, literate, strong and moral man as proven in his wonderful prison journal. I consider him to be a superb Indigenous Man Of The Anglosphere. (IMOTA)

It is inconceivable to me that he could have committed the crime for which he was falsely imprisoned three years ago today, but, as Ned Kelly is reputed to have said, when they executed him for a probably overly robust young man’s defence of his family from police persecution “Such is life.”, in the police state of Victoria.

Pell began that day with a mass in the family home of his lawyer. He writes: “Mass as usual in the McFarlanes’ dining room, graced with images of the Duke of Wellington, W. G. Grace, and Victor Trumper, who had probably never attended daily mass before.

I chose the votive Mass of Our Lady as during the long travail I had placed myself under her protection.”

He describes the afternoon hearing in the Court of Appeal like this: “Ä good deal of the sentence discussion was surreal and Kafkaesque, as the judge listed the many reasons why the attack was implausible and then tried to conjecture my motivation. …… I almost forgot to bow to the judge on leaving the courtroom.”

The Cardinal describes his first night in prison like this: “As I was judged to be at some risk of self-harm, I was under regular observation during the night. ……. I was a bit exhausted and slept deeply until woken by the observer. ……. I am now at the quiet heart of the storm, while family, friends and wider Church have to cope with the tornado.”

How did it come to pass that the man, entrusted by conservative Pope Benedict and progressive Pope Francis to improve financial management at The Vatican, came to be treated like this in Australia?

Geoff Fox, 27th February, 2022, Melbourne, Terra Nullius

Police State Crits #2 – PLURES EX UNO

The Word.

Omnia Omnibus.

Christianity has what humankind needs right now within its reach but way out of its current capacity to grasp and hold.

The Word. Logos. Logic. Rationality. Discourse.

Omnia Omnibus. Everything for everybody.

Put the two together and the result should be democracy and freedom.

But what do I see?

A magnificent heritage which proclaims a welcome for all refugees.

(Just as long as its not someone like me alienated from the land of my birth by a police state bastardry whose rhetoric and propaganda the church supports whenever it can.)

Tries to be local ……..

(…… but then hits out in fear with the accusation of attempted murder when other persecuted peoples’ desperations for freedom upset its comfort zone.)

I could go on.

But what I seek on the whole of this website is dialogue with others.

Living in The Word.

Beneath Bunjil‘s skies.

Geoff Fox, 16th February 2002

POLICE STATE Crits #1

Today is the 80th anniversary of the first day of the World War Two battle which lead to the fall of Singapore.

Singapore fell because much larger British forces could not accurately assess either the size of the enemy or the nature of the British ruled terrain through which the enemy travelled. The British forces couldn’t even talk with each other.

They couldn’t live in The Word. So they lost.

Today my life in the police state of Victoria is in ruins like so many other lives here. That never would have happened if people in Terra Nullius could talk with each other instead of habitually denying each other the basic act of recognition as human beings.

This morning I wrote the poem below for three of them. A trinity. At the end of a service last Sunday to celebrate the 1953 coronation attended by my grandfather Ralph Blanchard and his wife Doris, I remember them in their doorway with their backs to me.

They are human beings without the time to really talk with me. Somewhat powerless. A modern and ancient police state disease. Scribes. Pharisees. Teachers. Doctors. Parents. Priests.

Dear Very Reverend Cannonless Glenn Helen Dean.

I am not scared of God.

But I am scared of evil.

In my words, I still feel free.

You seem proud or scared

or somehow locked

out of talking with me,

but in These Words

I still feel free.

Geoff Fox, 8th February, 2022, Terra Nullius

IMOTA 1 – John Wycliffe Kicking Against Pricks

John Wycliffe died on December 31, 1384.

Theologian Wycliffe was a pioneering Indigenous Man Of The Anglosphere. (IMOTA.)

He created the first complete English language translation of the Bible because he believed all his people needed to be able to read it in their own language.

He was a hero but treated as a heretic in life and even after his death.

Sometimes some people make living in The Word very, very hard.

Geoff Fox, December 31, 2021, Terra Nullius

An Open Letter to All Christian Leaders

Fellow human beings,

Christianity was once the foundation of Western life.

In the West now, Christians are under merciless, almost constant, secular attack.

The challenge I see now for Christian leaders is to regain trust from the people on whom the living future of churches depends.

I recommend two strategies for achieving this goal:

A. Stop voting for Barabbas. (i.e. Do not support those who attack you. Call them out.)

B. Get better at living in The Word. (i.e. Do better at communicating.)

I hope this helps.

So many of us need you back at your best,

sincerely,

Geoff Fox, a non Christian grandson of a Presbyterian (Uniting Church) and an academic theologian, December 12, 2021, Terra Nullius

The Kind Key Of Love

Two years ago today, George Cardinal Pell, falsely imprisoned in Victoria wrote of a kind and rational God.

My grandfather Professor A C Fox wrote that “Love is the key that unlocks every final door.”

“Deus mihi providebit.” on the front door of St Pats cathedral means “God will provide for me.”

Can faith and love unite us to defeat tyranny?

Geoff Fox, 25th November, 2021