Students (from Xavier Catholic College Wurrumiyanga) on Tiwi islands after mass at bush camp with Bishop on 28th July 2021

Students (from Xavier Catholic College Wurrumiyanga) on Tiwi islands after mass at bush camp with Bishop on 28th July 2021

Last Wednesday evening I went to celebrate mass at a bush camp on Wurrumiyanga.

A group of young people were spending time together with their teachers in bushland several kilometres outside the township.

We drove on bush trails to get there.

It was evening and the shadows of the setting sun filtered through the trees.

We gathered around a table for Mass.

I invited us all to be silent and to listen to the sounds of the bush.

The young Tiwi people around me connected with the environment as they have done for thousands of years. This was their land, they belong here.

We were embracing the realm of the sacred.

Like so many other young people these young Aboriginal people have their mobile phones and other gadgets.

There was no phone or internet reception here!!

As we progressed with the Mass it was a beautiful and sacred experience.

There is so much goodness inbuilt in us.

We all need to stay in touch with our humanity.

Connection with nature, silence, listening to our hearts help us to be, to stay ‘real’.

I celebrated reconciliation with around twenty-something young people the following afternoon. Again, this was celebrated in an outdoor praying area surrounded by big trees.

It was another beautiful experience. I invited the young people to listen to the sounds of nature, to feel the earth underneath them.

Once again, I went away energised. Christ was with us.

 

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