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The Section on Issues contains the following links:

Issues to Think About
The European Union
What is Freemasonry?
History of Freemasonry
'Masons in the Church
The 34 Steps
Global Freemasonry
Freemasonry in Ireland
Is Legislation Good?
Caesar's Due
Ethics in Business
Pharmaceutical Industry
Media Controlling Us?
Games & Movies
The Internet
Let's Ban Christmas!
Send in Your Thoughts
Your Thoughts on Issues

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I suppose the main purpose of this page is to create awareness and anything discussed is from my own personal observations and my own personal thoughts. The following little pieces from the Psalms covers it in a nutshell:

"Why do the nations say, "Where is their God?" Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them." Psalm 115:2 - 8

"The highest heavens belong to the LORD , but the earth he has given to man. It is not the dead who praise the LORD , those who go down to silence; it is we who extol the LORD , both now and forevermore." Psalm 115:16 - 18

The prophets of old have as much meaning to us today as they did before the coming of Christ. The world is on a fast and steady pathway to destruction and its people fly down that path with no regard for each other or the Creator. The basic tenets of living together as a society as laid down in the Ten Commandments are being flouted and the message of Jesus to "Love one another as I have loved you" is being disregarded and scorned.

Jesus spoke of the generation of His times but ours is no different, in fact it is probably a lot worse.

"Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

" 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it." Matthew 13:13-17

Could not these words of Isaiah have the same meaning for us today?

I live in an island on the western periphery of Europe, one of the member states of the European Union, and a member of a global society. Am I blind to all that is happening, deaf to all that I hear or stupid to an understanding of what is happening around me?

We, as a people of God, need to be constantly aware of the way outside influences are affecting us, of how exploitation of the poorest and the weakest in society are suffering, of how legislation is attacking the sanctity of life, the family and all moral standards, of how the media manipulates us with their seductive programming and selective reporting, of how satanic infiltration of the upper echelons of society, law, governments and the church are 'weaving their webs' of destruction. 

We need to pray about it all in joyful hope knowing that the Lord will answer our prayers. Prayer can move mountains. We should not focus on the future in fear or despair, we are God's people and our prayers on behalf of those who have lost their way or block out God will yield results, especially if enough of us are praying.

So, the pages leading off from this then are just ways to 'open our eyes and ears'. There is a facility to add your own thoughts and they will be most welcome. I can't guarantee all will be added to the website but certainly this can be a vehicle to highlight issues you see and hear in your own locality against the teaching of God and your own teachings of faith. I look forward to seeing the discussion pages grow.

Moytura has several other sites with a 'Christian flavour'. Prayerful Thoughts & Thoughtful Prayers is a little collection of prayers and thought-provoking stories, and a few links to some other really nice websites. Reflections for Lent offers a daily meditation for the 40 days of lent and the week leading into Easter. As part of my Journey section of the website join me to learn a little of the Early Christian Church in Ireland by visiting Clonmacnoise, founded by St. Ciaran on the banks of the River Shannon in the 6th. Century. Read about Saint Brendan the Navigator who started a Monastic settlement in the tiny village of Clonfert in the 6th century, located on the Galway/Offaly/Tipperary border. Travel on my journeys to two of Canada's most famous Catholic Shrines - Saint Anne de Beaupré and Cap de la Madeleine, both on the shores of the Saint Lawrence river in Quebec. Finally I welcome you to come with me to see a little of Medugorje, a peaceful haven in a war-torn country - Bosnia-Herzogovina. Please also pay a visit to  Moytura's Irish Bookshop where you can find books on the history of Christianity in IrelandIrish Prayers and Celtic Christianity

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