Dear All,

October 8th – a big day for us – our Foundation Day!  380 years ago today our community was founded in Liege, present day Belgium:  a very brave couple of Englishwomen who had had to go to another part of Europe in order to become Religious owing to the troubled post-reformation times in England.  Celebrating that beginning & those first sisters, we are very mindful of, & grateful for, so many more courageous women who have, over the centuries, lived the life of a Canoness of the Holy Sepulchre in our community.  It sharpens awareness of the passing of time & the reflections today pick up that theme: time & the passing of time.  I hope you find meaning in one or other of them.

The blessing is ‘The peace of Christ be with you’ (Heavenly Peace).  Please pray it for yourself & your family, & for our community in thanksgiving for all the blessings we have received over those many years.  Thank you.

The peace of Christ be with you,

The love of Christ enfold you,

The joy of Christ inspire you;

The strength of Christ uphold you,

And the beauty of Christ be within you,

All the days of your life.

Amen.

 

Love to you all

 

 

Ecclesiastes 3.

There is a time for everything,
 and a season for every activity under the heavens:

     a time to be born and a time to die,
     a time to plant and a time to uproot,
     a time to kill and a time to heal,
     a time to tear down and a time to build,
     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
     a time to mourn and a time to dance,
     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
     a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
     a time to keep and a time to throw away,
     a time to tear and a time to mend,
     a time to be silent and a time to speak,
     a time to love and a time to hate,
     a time for war and a time for peace.

 

A Time for Everything       by Charles Eisenstein

There is a time to act, and a time to wait, to listen, to observe. Then understanding and clarity can grow. From understanding, action arises that is purposeful, firm, and powerful.

 

Hearing the call to let go.

Sometimes we become aware of something of which we need to let go.  Watch this part of your life as it moves, like the sun, beyond your sight.  Let it go from you as light does at the end of the day.  Let it go from you as summer goes & autumn comes.  Encourage your heart to let it go.  Receive the comforting presence of earth settling in for the night.  Let the spirit of autumn speak to your heart – receive whatever you need to enter into your own autumn……..

Adapted from Macrina Wiederkehr

 

 

Waiting for the ‘When’

Waiting for the ‘When’ keeps me

from appreciating what I now have.

Longing for promises & dreaming dreams

is not a harmful deed as long as

The present moment is not overlooked,

as long as gratitude rises for what is already here,

as long as I do not base my happiness on what is still wanting.

Thankfulness for what has already been given

is the foundation for hoping for what is not yet.