To incarnate contemplative presence

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As part of my ministry I work as a chaplain to a university. It’s a ministry that has taught me a lot about the importance of contemplative presence and fidelity.

Taking on the chaplaincy in a secular institution has its challenges – there was little faith based activity and no ‘ready made’ chaplaincy community – instead we have had to build it from scratch. Week by week we have turned up, been present, offered opportunities – lunch, prayer, gardening, Mass, charity work and volunteering etc -and slowly a community has formed around us.

It’s a community of students who appreciate the space, who enjoy the calm atmosphere and friendly welcome, who want to be listened to without feeling they must be saying something of life-changing importance, students and staff who need to be able to explore the spiritual side of life without judgement.

This has all been as a result of our simply being faithful and present, witnessing quietly and consistently to our own deep faith and to gospel values.

 

One Response to “To incarnate contemplative presence”

  1. Joan Says:

    A great article Lynn. I am so pleased at your efforts coming good.
    Much love, Joan

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