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.
Those of us who work the Tribunal (more formally known as the Inter-Diocesan Tribunal of Sydney) consider ourselves to be a pastoral minister of the Church.
I have returned to work after a week with our family, celebrating our son’s wedding. It was a great occasion, on a perfect day. We are proud of Edmund and Karen, and their willingness to commit to the promise of a life-long relationship. So many people spoke highly of both of them, and so the union of these two families has been enshrined in a ritual and celebration to be remembered.
I am conscious, as I write this message, that many of your will read this on the eve of the United Nations International Day of Families, 15 May. Each year, in Australia, we celebrate National Families Week from 15 to 21 May. Interestingly, for us it falls around Mother’s Day, a day when many families celebrate with their mums or gather to remember them.
Last week I shared with you a number of links for your consideration, in the hope of providing us with what we need to be consider when giving voice to our vote in the upcoming Federal election, and that could be of benefit for the whole community.