Politics in May begins with Labour Day holiday and concludes with National Reconciliation Week . This is the month where we focus on the issue of Domestic Violence and acknowledge the value of volunteers in our community. There’s something for everyone during May including World Naked Gardening Day and of course the boost to the flower and card industry on Mother’s Day.
In the middle of May I posted a greeting to my my Muslim friends as they began their practice of Ramadan i am pleased to feature the AFL image acknowledging the Muslim community at this time.
Catholics have a busy month with the customs of honouring the Virgin Mary with processions and festivals. This year Aussies were asked to join a national rosary to “circle the country” There was a bit of religious imperialism added to the prayer: “We are praying for the future of our country and committing our nation to God and to the immaculate Heart of Mary.” Not sure there was a plebiscite about that bit. I like the idea of inviting people to pray for Australia at a time when the Royal Commission has recommended sweeping changes to religious and other institutions, when it demonizes asylum seekers and refugees, when it incarcerates First Nations peoples at an alarming rate and when corporate greed is supported by Government.
On Sunday 13th May I went on a rosary pilgrimage to reflect on our country, its needs and our mission. I took the words of Bishop David Cremin’s message as a focus.
“I support very much this good apostolate of promoting the Rosary at this time when there is so much poverty (and) bloodshed and refugee problems in our world,”
This pilgrimage began at 3.00 pm at the Sorry Day Plaque in King George Square and concluded at 5.00pm, at sunset at the entrance to the Botanic Gardens in Alice Street.
One of the May celebrations that doesn’t get a mention in Catholic Church bulletins is May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. I had a mention in the promo for my 2018 image of the Storey Bridge lit up in colours of the rainbow.
- Labour Day Brisbane May 7
- Sorry Day Brisbane May 26
- A blessing for World Labyrinth Day
- That amazing sermon at the Royal Wedding
- Movie of the Month: Breath
Odd spot of the Month
The back of my head captured during a liturgy at St John’s Cathedral