John Lilburne's journal about duty and obligation, referring to Archbishop O'Brien. Richmond losing to Brisbane in the final. Some quotes from "The Kung Fu Book of Caine"


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1206 K Sat 22 Sep 2001

Another morning spent on a few hours of reading the newspaper. I am impressed with President Bush's speech to congress. The Age newspaper had the full text, but unfortunately The Australian only had an edited version.

Yesterday I went into the city and saw the movie A.I. It was a thought provoking movie, rather than an action packed one. I was impressed with it.

The first reading at Mass today is from first letter of St Paul to Timothy (1Tim 6:13-16). It begins:

Before God the the source of all life and before Jesus Christ, who spoke up as a witness for the truth in front of Pontius Pilate, I put to you the duty of doing all that that you have been told, with no faults or failures ...

I think it contains important things I have been writing about regarding liturgy: "truth ... no faults or failures". It also refers to "duty". There is a report of similar language with the word "obligation" by by Archbishop O'Brien who wrote about the U.S. response to terrorism ``need not arise from a backlash of anger'' or retribution but out of ``a reasonable obligation of immediate and long-range self-defense,'' (

2233 K Sat 22 Sep 2001

Richmond lost to Brisbane tonight in the Australian Football League preliminary final. The final score was:













So they exactly doubled our score. Brisbane have won their last 15 games and tonight they had a home ground advantage. Next week they play Essendon at the MCG for the Grand Final. For Richmond I think it has been their best year since 1982, when they lost the Grand Final. I watched the game on TV. Paul Broderick was carried off at the end, with it being his last game.

When I was in the city yesterday I bought "The Kung Fu Book of Caine" by Herbie Pilato. Its about a TV series with a Chinese monk in America's wild west, that was made in the 1970s. In the Preface Herbie Pilato writes:

I was born into a traditional Italian family and raised a Catholic. In my twenties, I informally excommunicated myself from the church and began to search for something else. I studied Asian philosophies and Eastern religions ...

As a result of all I learned, I eventually rejoined the Catholic church with a new peace. I realized that I am supposed to be a Catholic (this time around!). I recognized that we all share a common humanity and that individuals, when joined together, can become instruments of peace, beacons of light.

Its an interesting book. It includes a description of the main character used by those working on the show, on page 27:

Wyatt, Jesse, Billy - we all know their names. The legends about them are legion. The American West is the cauldron out of which they were born - the western hero.

Lawman or Outlaw, they tend to fit a classic form. Loner, moving outside the pale of whatever social order there was, wanderers, driven men.

Such a man is Caine.

It is interesting to read about how the story is presented, particularly with flashbacks. Maybe I will try using them more in presenting my story.

Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 22 September 2001.


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