Centering Prayer

19th and 20th October
Reflection, Pandemic,

What am I becoming aware of within myself and in the world?

This slowing down in our lives is allowing us the space the time and to attend to the questions that have long troubled us. Br Philip Pinto reminds us of the inequalities in our world and, to heed the cry of the earth and the poor. We have been aware of this in our lives but probably, caught in the frenzy of a busy life, have not been able to truly appreciate the significance of those cries. Now, in this time of pandemic, we are implored again.
R S Thomas speaking of The Bright Field says,
I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.
What were some of the things that I forgot to give due attention to in my hurrying?
• What shifts have I noticed in my consciousness these days?
• Have I become particularly aware of the inequalities in our world? How has that impacted me?
• How have I responded to the cries for justice that have reverberated around the world following the death of George Floyd?
Next week we will be able to engage with the dedicated work of The Justice Desk in South Africa. They will share their experience of working with people affected by the pandemic and
we get a glimpse of inequalities that the pandemic heightened.
You might want to read My health is not my own by Nora Bateson. (

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