Earlier in the year I was asked to write something about Religious Life. The week when we celebrate St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and St Dominic seems apt, so here goes.
Last Friday I enjoyed my day at the annual Chaplains get together as we gathered on Wangi shores with Bishop Bill and Teresa Brierley to share experiences, enjoy each other’s company, partake in some hospitality and celebrate Mass together. There were 11 of us present (just missed out by 1 of the chosen 12 but disciples nonetheless).
As part of this week’s message, I will break open with you the sixth of the Plenary Council themes:
This week, our eldest grandchild has just turned 13, while our youngest grandson celebrated his first birthday on 15 July, and another turns 10 on 16 July. So, our weekend was spent travelling to the Gold Coast to celebrate with our family. I think this family ‘stuff’ aligns nicely with the theme for the fifth week of the Plenary Council Themes: A Joyful, Hope-filled and Servant Community.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities, and to support the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. It is a week of remembering and promoting the rich heritage and culture of Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islanders, the oldest continuing culture on the planet.
This message comes to you at the beginning of July, which falls just after the feast of our diocesan patron, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, on June 27. I think we need to keep our gaze on this image and seek help, forgiveness and healing.
We have passed our shortest day for the year, something that always brings me great joy, as even though the days and nights still get colder, the length of daylight increases.
Trinity Sunday draws us in to the mystery of God and our desire as humans to explain and control all things and the need to accept that life and God are beyond the rational, and so we sit patiently and courageously in a contemplative place we call the soul.