My Laetare experience was a visit to the "Cycle of Life: Earth Gift" exhibition sponsored by the Cathedral of St Stephen Art Group in Brisbane.
My first opportunity to "Rejoice" was that the Cathedral bulletin for the weekend included the following text:
In the Francis Rush Centre next to the Cathedral I rejoiced to see photographers, sculptors and painters presenting one of the most inspiring and challenging exhibitions I have seen for a long time.
The exhibition was full of little surprises including notes and reflections from the artists and a lovely commemorative booklet with images and text including quotes from Thomas Berry and Rainer Maria Rilke.
In a lovely reflection on the task of unpacking the exhibition, Margaret Moore writes:
"May Christians bring an Easter hope to the public conversation. May we look to positive indicators that our youngsters are more aware and committed than we are to this common enterprise, this interdependence/healing of Earth and people. May blessings be on those who offer valued insight through Art.
May blessings be on those who sacrifice themselves for a noble cause, the sustaining of this precious gift - a fertile productive Earth, clean water and fresh air - for our beloved children and grandchildren to enjoy. These audacious prophets are surely our real 21st century saints and heroes"
Thanks to COSSAG for a Laetare Sunday that provided a wonderful preparation for Easter and the promise of life renewed!!