Thought for December 2019

’Winter is the season of waiting.  It requires great trust and a willingness to believe that this angst will not last forever.  Even though all appears dead and void of movement, there is quiet growth taking place.  During the darkness, gestation occurs…… In the unmoving soil, flower bulbs are strengthened for their future journey upward toward the sun.  In the frozen human heart, the silent seeds of confidence are prepared for amazing new growth.’ Rupp and Wiederkehr, ‘The Circle of Life

Thought for November

In this season, we find large spaces left where something beautiful once lived. As one by one the leaves let go, a precious emptiness appears on the trees. The naked beauty of the branches can be seen, the birds’ abandoned nests become visible……. This is an important autumn lesson – when certain things fall away, there are other things that can be seen more clearly. Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr

Thought for October 2019

‘Autumn stands as an epiphany to the truth that all things are passing and even in the passing there is beauty…… This is a decaying season, but the rotting ritual that surrounds us has another face.  Compost and mulch are food for the soil. There is life in the dying….. As we face the painful reality that nothing lasts forever, autumn teaches us humility.  We learn to honor the dying.  Everything is moving, flowing on to something new.’ Macrina Wiederkehr and Joyce Rupp

Thought for August

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‘……peace lies not in the avoidance of conflict but in avoiding internalising and acting out conflict, or colluding with the powers and dynamics of conflict within the systems by which we order our societies. It begins with our small, insignificant selves saying no to every thought, word and attitude that is an aggressive approach to the other and living a daily yes to all that lives…..’ Gemma Simmonds

Thought for July

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‘People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.  But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognise: a blue sky, white clouds, curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes.  All is a miracle. Thich Nhat Hanh