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Reflection for 2nd December 2012

“If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take
them, and not be talking about it.”
– Sojourner Truth, American evangelist, abolitionist and social reformer,
died November 26, 1883

(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)

Reflection for 11th November 2012

Reflection

God’s World
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!
Thy winds, thy wide grey skies!
Thy mists that roll and rise!
Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag
And all but cry with colour! That gaunt crag
To crush! To lift the lean of that black bluff!
World, World, I cannot get thee close enough!
Long have I known a glory in it all,
But never knew I this;
Here such a passion is
As stretcheth me apart. Lord, I do fear
Thou’st made the world too beautiful this year.
My soul is all but out of me, let fall
No burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call.

(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)

Reflection for 28th October 2012

Living each day with mindfulness and meaning
Eliminate something superfluous from your life.
Break a habit.
Do something that makes you feel insecure.
Carry out an action with complete attention and intensity,
as if it were your last.

Piero Furruci

(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)

 

Reflection for 21st October 2012

Prayer is not just spending time with God…. If it ends there, it is fruitless. No, prayer is dynamic. Authentic prayer changes us–unmasks us.

Teresa of Avila (Feast Day 15th October)

(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)

Reflection for 14th October 2012

No, no, no, the leaves are saying,
thrashing about in the wind.
We don’t want to go;
we don’t want to be parted from our branch.
We love it here, even as we brown with age.
Love must be forever, or it is not love,
and the leaves fling themselves
to and fro in the wind.
The dark comes and no longer can the leaves be seen,
though they can be heard thrashing to and fro
against each other.

David Ignatow

(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)

Reflection for 7th October 2012

Mark 10: 2-16: In first century Palestine average life expectancy was 35 for men and 30 for women; no-one expected to be married for more than 15 years. In an ideal world divorce would not be necessary whether initiated by men or women; but it is not an ideal world and God is merciful.

(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)

Reflection for 30th September 2012

Assuming that tomorrow will be the same as today is poor preparation for living. It equips us only for disappointment or, more likely, for shock. To live well, to be mentally healthy, we must learn to realize that life is a work in process.

Joan Chittister

(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)

Reflection for 23rd September 2012

Humanity is a mixture of blunders. That’s what makes it so charming, so interesting to be around. Because none of us is complete, we all need one another. It’s only when we convince ourselves that we are the fullness of all that is, that we become spiritually poor.

The nice thing about being human is that you get to fail a lot. Value that; it’s priceless. It gives us such respect for everybody else. The reason clowns and slapstick comedians are so popular is that, if truth were known, we all see in them the parts of ourselves we try too hard to hide. When we take ourselves too seriously, we forget that the only thing we know for sure that’s eternal is God.

Making mistakes is part of the growth process. We must learn to be much gentler about this with other people. We must also learn to be gentler with ourselves. Otherwise what we expect of ourselves, we will expect of everybody else. And that can be tragic. For all of us.

Joan Chittister

(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)

Reflection for 16th September 2012

“So many hills remain to be climbed, chasms to be bridged, obstacles to be breached. Our own determination can get us so far. The support of the people of Britain and of peoples around the world can get us so much further.”

Aung san suu kyi

(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)

Be soft …

Be soft, do not let the world make you hard,
Do not let the pain make you hate,
Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness,
Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
You still believe it to be a beautiful place.

Kurt Vonnegurt