Centering Prayer

19th and 20th October
Spiritual Guidance, Spirituality, Fr Jim Cogley

Lights in the Darkness

As an initiative in response to the Corona Virus, daily postings, entitled Lights in the Darkness, will be made from Our Lady’s Island by way of social media. These will be of a reflective nature and written to help guide us through these difficult times. There will be important lessons to learn along the way and hopefully we will emerge stronger than ever. You may like to share these short but encouraging messages with your friends as a form of solidarity, support and to lift their spirits. Also your comments will be appreciated and where appropriate will be used to guide the content for each day.

You may email your comments direct to – [email protected] (Replies will be by request)

A Stormy Crossing

We stand at a defining moment in our history that we sense will not leave us as it finds us. It feels as if we are embarking on a perilous voyage where we have every reason to be concerned at personal, community, national and global levels. The many crossings of the Sea of Galilee by the early disciples offer a faith rather than a fear focus at this time. They were usually evening crossings when Jesus said, ‘Let us cross to the other side.’ We too sense the Sun coming down on so much of what we have taken for granted up to this. Like the sudden storm that arose for them without warning, we now find ourselves in perilous seas. Christ slept through the worst. He was in the eye of the storm with his inner center undisturbed. When they woke him he reached out and calmed the raging sea. His inner peace radiated stillness even to the waves. Then he asked them a very important question, ‘Where was your faith?’ Yes, they had faith but it was not in him to keep them safe but in the power of the wind and the waves to swamp them. They had shown that they were more fearful than faithful disciples. Hopefully we too can cross to the other side of this Corona Virus with faith in our hearts without allowing our lives to be swamped by fear.

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