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If you wish, you can keep the commandments,
to behave faithfully is within your power.

Thank God for the good old days! 

Checking out at the supermarket, the young cashier
suggested to the much older woman, that she should
bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags
were banned to safeguard the environment. The
woman apologised and explained, “We didn’t have
this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.” The young
cashier responded, “That’s our problem today – your
generation did not care enough to save our
environment for future generations.” She was right –
our generation didn’t have the ‘green thing’ in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, lemonade bottles
and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them
back to the plant to be washed and sterilised and
refilled, so we could use the same bottles over and
over. So they really were recycled.
But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
Grocery shops bagged our groceries in brown paper
bags, that we re-used for numerous things, most
memorable besides household bags for rubbish, was
the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our
But too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.
Back then, we washed the baby’s Terry Towel
nappies because we didn’t have the throwaway kind.
We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling
machine burning up 3 kilowatts – wind and solar
power really did dry our clothes back in our early
days. Kids had hand-me-down clothes from their
brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail,
we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not
Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. We exercised by
working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to
run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right; we didn’t have the
“green thing” back then.
Thank God for the good old days!

Fr. Peter Murphy – Parish Priest

Fr. Chris Heffernan – Assistant Priest

Fr. Brendan Lee –  in residence

Phone (02) 6025 1784     Email holyspirit@westnet.com.au

Address 550 Prune Street, Lavington         PO Box 220 Lavington NSW 2641

St Mary’s Church, Urana Rd, Jindera. RHS on entering the town.