WWW.SANDPIPER.ORG.AU AUGUST 2019 18 If you have a story related to our Catholic community and disability that you’d like to share in Sandpiper, please contact me (Daniel Giles) on dgiles.disability. firstname.lastname@example.org or 0439 562 286 >> Disability inclusion This month, Daniel Giles talks about his overseas journey and the pilgrimage along the way. Pilgrim’s Progress from overseas Odyssey I had planned to make my World Youth Day pilgrimage to Poland in 2016 my first overseas trip and really believed God was calling me to go. I had previously attended World Youth Day Sydney in 2008 and felt a confirmation of God’s presence. I was out of my comfort zone, yet inspired to grow in my faith. I felt I was ready to experience these graces again. I had largely organised for the trip. Initially, my support networks were excited for me and prepared me for overseas travel. However, they soon questioned how I would go and encouraged me to take a reality check. As I really had my heart set, I ignored these people until the last minute. It took someone I respected among Church circles to convince me not to go. However, I am now thankful that God was working through these people to protect me. God had other plans for me. I was invited the following year to speak at a conference in Bhutan. God was answering a calling I’ve had for many years to bring hope in a less developed part of the world. >> A Taste of Sandhurst Margaret-Mary Flynn brings us a recipe from our diocese R hubarb poached with strawberries … creamy Greek yoghurt … crunchy biscuity crumble … such a pleasing way to start the day. Or finish it. After all, who says this little treat wouldn’t delightfully round off a rich, slow-cooked casserole, or lift above the ordinary a meal of grilled lamb chops and veg.? The three components wait happily in the fridge, and are assembled in a jiffy. This recipe is from my minimum-effort- maximum-effect collection. Here’s to desserts whenever they are served. Ingredients • 1 bunch rhubarb • 1 punnet strawberries. • 250 g butter, chopped • 150 g caster sugar • 100 g oatmeal • 100 g flaked almonds • Pepitas, sunflower seeds (Optional) Method Begin by poaching rhubarb and strawberries. Sugar to taste. (Begin with about 3 tablespoons, but may need more) Trim the rhubarb stalks, discarding leaves, and cutting off the earthy base of the stalks. Wash and cut the stalks into 1 cm slices. Hull the strawberries, and slice lengthwise into 4-5 slivers Layer the rhubarb with the sprinkled sugar in a medium saucepan, and cook over a medium heat until soft, stirring occasionally, until it releases its juice. Layer the strawberries on the top, and allow to soften, then stir gently through the rhubarb, trying not to break them up. Allow to cool, and taste for sweetness. Store covered in fridge for up to two weeks. In a large bowl, rub the chopped butter into the flour and sugar, until the mixture is crumbly. Mix in the oatmeal and the almonds. Spread mixture onto a large baking tray, lined with baking paper. If you like, sprinkle pepitas or sunflower seeds on top. Bake in a pre-heated oven, 180C for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even browning, until mixture is golden and crisp. Allow to cool, and store in a jar in the refrigerator until required. (It can also be used as a conventional crumble topping, by sprinkling over warm cooked fruit in a ceramic pie dish, and baking for 20 mins at 180C. Serve with icecream.) To assemble: Spoon fruit into a pretty glass, leaving about half- a- glass for the yoghurt. Sprinkle with the Crumble, and serve. Rhubarb and Strawberry Breakfast Crumble I then visited Singapore for a few days to help develop further confidence for overseas travel. This June, I visited Singapore for the second time and presented at the Asia Pacific Autism Conference, which I enjoyed immensely, especially networking with others from the Autism community. Then I went on to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a few days holiday. My father and I were unexpectedly invited to present to a group of professionals and families at the Autism Behavioural Centre. I enjoyed bringing hope to people in South East Asia. A highlight of Malaysia was a day trip to Malaka, a place known for a number of old churches. I was privileged to walk in the footsteps of St Francis Xavier, who did some missionary work in the area and often visited Malaka. I visited St Paul’s Church, built in 1521, making it the oldest church in South-East Asia and originally a Catholic chapel. St Francis Xavier regularly visited the chapel in the 1540s-50s and the Jesuits ran the chapel from the 1550s. This church then transitioned to another denomination in the 17th century, became used for military purposes and is now in ruins. I prayed inside St Francis Xavier Church, built in 1856 in honour of him. At the adjoining gift shop, I was shown a crab shell where a cross had naturally formed (there’s a legend around St Francis losing his cross at sea, then a crab delivering the missing cross to him, with a cross on its shell). I also checked out St Peter’s Church (built 1710), the oldest functional Catholic Church in South East Asia. Then there’s the famous Christ Church with its red façade in Dutch Square, full of old Dutch buildings with red facades. Reflecting on this experience, I believe God’s called me on pilgrimage but in a different way from what I had envisaged originally. It’s been a pilgrimage in itself realising that perhaps going to World Youth Day overseas was not for me and that God has given me a more suitable and unique pilgrimage. My trip to Malaysia wasn’t intended to be a pilgrimage but turned out to be one. By Margaret- Mary Flynn Cathedral Parish At home with Mary ‘Welcome back,’ I said to my colleague, newly returned from her study trip. ‘How was Turkey?’ ‘Fabulous,’ she answered. ‘It’s an amazing place.’ I was intrigued by her account, and especially that a highlight for her had been a side-trip to the House of the Virgin Mary, near Ephesus. Not a religious person herself, she had been touched by its special quality of peacefulness. There is a tradition in both the Catholic and Orthodox Church that Mary accompanied the Apostle John to Ephesus. It is based on an ancient story held by the descendants of the first century Christian community in the area that the Virgin Mary lived out her life in a small stone house with a spring-fed well, built for her by John. Meryem Ana Evi , (“Mother Mary’s House”) is now a Catholic shrine located on Mt Koressos (“The Mountain of Nightingales”), in the vicinity of Ephesus, seven kilometres from Selçuk in Turkey, where John the Apostle is believed to be buried. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Blessed Anna Catherine Emmerich, a German Augustinian nun, in a series of visions, described the house. These were recorded by a writer, Clemens Brentano, who visited her every day for five years to record her visions, and subsequently to publish them. They were detailed and specific, and two independent expeditions over the next decades, using Brentano’s book, arrived at the place near Ephesus she described. Thanks to the determination and persistence of another nun, Sister Marie de Mandat- Gracey, a Daughter of Charity, the significance of the finding began to be considered seriously. Like many ancient traditions, there is a lack of hard scientific evidence to authenticate the discovery, but it is held favourably. Pope Leo XIII blessed the first pilgrimage to the site in 1896, and subsequently Pius XII and John XXIII declared it a Holy Place. It is a place of pilgrimage for both Christians and Muslims, who also venerate Our Lady, and has been visited by all subsequent Popes. Today, over 2.5 million pilgrims make their way to Ephesus each year to visit the shrines of Mother Mary and John the Apostle. The Church teaches that like Jesus, Mary died, and that after her death she was assumed body and soul by him into heaven. We celebrate this mystery on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15 and meditate on it as one of the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. Many traditions surround Mary all over the world, and in many different cultures. It seems Our Lady has a way of finding herself a home in people’s hearts, especially amongst immigrants, where devotion to her often becomes a way of making a new home together amongst strangers. She has many names – Madonna, Fatima, Lourdes, Guatemala, Immaculata, Theotokos, and Rosaria are but a few. And she is a popular subject for artists, generally depicted according to the way she is loved and known in each culture. Pope Francis’ favourite image of her is Our Lady Undoer of Knots. It is a homely one. Who has not experienced snarls and tangles in our everyday life that seem beyond our skill to unravel? Perhaps in your prayer this month you might visit Mary in her home, taking with you your own knotty problems for her to help you, with her own motherly work-worn hands, and her wise motherly heart. May you find a peaceful welcome there. Daniel visited the ruins of St Paul’s Church, Malaka, the oldest church in South-East Asia.