Archive for February, 2018

Life comes back

February 28, 2018

winter 2018London rarely sees snow, so yesterday and today have a magical quality with quite a good falling of powdery snow lying across most of the city. It is beautiful! It is also a reminder that winter hasn’t gone yet – the signs of spring are there but the cold has certainly returned!

The spring flowers peeping out through the snow in our garden are a good Lenten reminder. Sometimes life can get a bit buried, a bit overwhelmed and frozen – we can feel that we are in the depths of winter. These little signs of life through the frozen earth tell us that the pull of Spring is stronger – Life comes back. Lent ends in resurrection.

 

CECILIA AND MARIA’S THIRTY DAY RETREAT: HOMECOMING…

February 20, 2018

We arrived home on Saturday having spent two days quietly coming out of retreat and preparing for our return to community. We have all grown in the course of this retreat and most especially Maria and Cecilia. Now it is time for several weeks of ‘ordinary life’ and for time to allow the graces to deepen. Your prayers and support made all the difference. Thank you. We continue to pray for you.

MARIA AND CECILIA’S THIRTY DAY RETREAT: WE ARE NOW IN WEEK FOUR

February 12, 2018

Cecilia and Maria are now in Week Four of the retreat and they are praying for the joy and consolation of meeting the Risen Christ. We are steadily praying our way to the end of the retreat. Thank you for the prayer – we pray for you each day.

MARIA AND CECILIA’S THIRTY DAY RETREAT: WEEK THREE – WALKING THE WAY OF THE CROSS…

February 7, 2018

We are now well into Week Three of the retreat and Maria and Cecilia are walking the way of the cross with Jesus. This is a challenging time. As our energies begin to wane the material for prayer is increasingly heartrending. Thank you for your prayers so far – your support in the spirit is tangible. We keep you in our prayer too.

The world is DEFINITELY getting better

February 4, 2018

I know someone who is a profound pessimist. Life, the world and even their cup is at least half empty, getting worse, going to the dogs! I, on the other hand, am an optimist… I am full of hope. I almost can’t help hoping. I naturally see the potential in things and find it easy to find a positive side to life.

Another thing that my friends know about me – I hate plastic. Mostly I hate it because it gets everywhere and causes such pollution and destruction, but I also hate it because it is so unavoidable. (Recently I discovered that there is even plastic in teabags!)

Turtle and Plastic in the Ocean

Imagine then the effect on me of Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 documentary series – the incredible and at times jaw-dropping beauty of the planet and the impact of plastics even in the deepest parts of our oceans. I think all who have seen that documentary series must surely have been incredibly moved by it.

Which brings me to the title of this post – as human beings we seem capable of immense destruction and carelessness, but also of tremendous compassion and a capacity to change

. Here in the UK countless companies, individuals and even the government have begun the steps towards change – who knows whether we will as a world community have the courage of our convictions, but our growing awareness is a great sign of hope!

CECILIA AND MARIA’S THIRTY DAY RETREAT: EVERYDAY WISDOM I

February 2, 2018

When we arrived in the retreat centre the gardeners were in the process of felling a large old tree. The tree was no longer sound and sadly needed to be cut down. Most of the tree was removed from the garden except for a piece of the trunk that protruded from the ground. It took more than two weeks for the gardeners to remove that last bit of trunk and some of the larger roots: piece by piece. They took turns using traditional tools. They worked long and hard, hour after hour. It struck me how sometimes we have to work for a long time to gain some degree of spiritual freedom. I wondered how many tiny roots were still in the ground waiting for the opportune moment to emerge and raise their stubborn heads – exactly capturing the unfinished work that is the human heart. How good it is to know that we are forever and always God’s true love.