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.
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.