I have been reflecting for some days on Lynne’s post on the holy island of Lindisfarne and it struck me how easily we can spend time  before the Blessed Sacrament in our churches and chapels.  To think we have so many opportunities to spend time  in such holy places… It is so very lovely to be able to spend time just being with Christ in the Eucharist.   How very fortunate we FCJs are to have chapels in our houses and to be able to visit the Blessed Sacrament whenever we want.  Our time spent in prayer is one essential part of being contemplative in action.   Our prayer energises us for life!  We often have friends who come and join us in our prayer – it binds us together as members of the universal body of Christ.


  1. beatrice fcj Says:

    When you travel to Lindisfarne, Holy Island, please say a wee prayer for a lovely Scottish past pupil of St. Margaret’s FCJ Paisley. Dear Joan Darcy died with a group of young peolpe from London. They were on Holiday in a minibus. Their minibus was found at low tide on the causeway, all the occupants had sadly drowned. May they rest in peace. Joan was a brilliant student in St. Margaret’s where she was a boarder in the sixties. After university she was hired as a buyer at Harrods.
    I used to visit Lindisfarne regularly with children when I taught in St. Joseph’s Primary School Hartlepool. My last visit was a pilgrimage with Sister Miriam Maher FCJ. We attended Mass in the little church there and remembered Joan and her companions. My widowed sister-in-law Liz and her sister Angela were there for the first time this summer 2010. They loved Holy Island. Liz and I plan to go back there together one of these days.

  2. Claire T fcJ Says:

    Merci pour ce texte concernant l’heure sacrée devant notre Seigneur. Oui nous sommes gâtées d’avoir des chapelles dans nos maisons et d’avoir la possibilité de nous y rendre au moment où nous en avons la capacité et la liberté.
    Je me rends encore mieux compte de notre chance aujourd’hui à l’heure où je vis en dehors d’une de nos communautés pour une question de santé et où malheureusement je n’ai pas cette possibilité de prier devant le Saint Sacrement. Mais j’ai une autre chance celle de m’unir d’intention avec chacune là où elle est et de vivre une relation autre et peut être privilégié avec le Christ dans ses membres souffrants.
    Mais merci de nous permettre de nous rendre compte par ce partage de cette chance de vivre une relation particulière avec le Christ.

  3. clarefcj Says:

    Thank you Beatrice and Claire for your responses – and may we keep in prayer all those ask us to pray for them..and each other…

  4. Madeleine, fcJ Says:

    I agree–one of the benefits of FCJ life is living in a house with a chapel, with the Blessed Sacrament. Each day, we gather as communities and pray together, using the words of Scripture and sharing on how the texts are leading us to God. Each day, we have many opportunities to take a little moment to pause and “make a visit” to Jesus, present in our chapel, uniting us to our Sisters all over the world, keeping us in communion with Catholics everywhere….. This blog entry has helped me remember all the people who lived and struggled so that the sacraments could come to us in our day…… May God continue to call young men and women as priests and religious so that this great treasure of the Church continues to be made available to all!!!!

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