Just Dates September

September is

     Fathers Day

1 -7 Legacy  Week  /  Child Protection Week

2 – 8 National Stroke Week

3-10 National Threatened Species Week

6      Indigenous Literacy Day

    White Balloon Day

8     International Literacy Day 

10   World Suicide Prevention Day / RUOK Day

15 International Day of Democracy

15- 2World Week for Peace in Palestine Israel

16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

19 Australian Reading Hour

21 International Day of Peace

29 Death of John Pat in Roeburne Prison (1983) prompting the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Local Events in and around Brisbane 

Labyrinth Spirituality

In August 2019 I led a workshop at the Franciscan Schools Conference: Using the Labyrinth for peacemaking –

These resources are published to provide both initial information as well as ongoing formation for your journey into the spirituality of walking the Labyrinth.

Walking the Labyrinth

Spirituality and the Labyrinth

May 4th is World Labyrinth Day. We honour and acknowledge the First Nations peoples of the land on which we place our labyrinths.May we learn to walk in harmony. May we find the stillness of the centre of our lives. May we remember the footsteps of all who have walked and traveled before us May our journey in and our journey out be a grace of awareness and healing. May the rhythm of life protect us at the edge and nurture us at our centre.

On this World Labyrinth Day I walk the sacred path united to my ancestors whose DNA I carry I my body. 

I walk this sacred path with a commitment to walk gently on the earth.

I walk this sacred path in solidarity with all who seek refuge and asylum from war, exploitation and terror.

I walk this sacred path as I will walk with the poor and hungry to a place of justice and welcome.

I walk this sacred path united to my sisters and brothers around the globe who seek a spirituality that nurtures life.

Labyrinths in Australia

St Basil the Blessed and Naked

St Basil the Blessed

Having a patron for organisations and causes is pretty common. Today I celebrate one of the the patrons of my religion and spirituality blog The Holy Irritant. Along with the wonderful Christina the Astonishing, Virgin I have adopted the Russian, St Basil the Blessed. His sacred memory and feast is celebrated on 2nd August.

Now as you can see from this icon, Basil wasn’t one of the fashion dandies of the East. Long before Mark Twain penned his quotable quote about cloths making the man and naked people having little or no influence in society Basil was streaking around the countryside rebuking Ivan the Terrible.

Basil comes out of the noble tradition of the Holy Fools. In contemporary terms he could easily be described as a Court Jester. He was not into timid social reforms of petitions and novenas. Instead he was known to destroy the merchandise of dishonest tradesmen and hurl stones at the houses of the wealthy. It seems he made the cleaning of the Temple a model for daily life.

Adopting Basil’s practices may restore a bit more theatrical gravitas to the Church’s mission and would no doubt make for interesting videos. So, if you happen to see me unclad and upturning the tables at a casino you know I am only celebrating the saintly practice of an Eastern holy man.

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St Basil’s Cathedral

An architectural tour of St Basil’s Cathedral