9 April 2020

The photo above shows Brother Tony O’Donnell who tends the contemplative garden at Whitefriars, Faversham every day! He is a member of the Faversham Community. 

In many places across the UK, we have been seeing spring through our windows and doors. We are not really able to travel much further than our homes, and the birds seem all the louder because the normal human hustle and bustle is missing. Indeed, BBC reports are advising that wild flowers are likely to be all over the fields and public gardens when we come out of lock-down, because councils can't mow the lawns. I think the bees and other creatures will be OK with this.

Further afield, as the lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus in India continues, pollution levels across much of the country have dropped sharply. Now some residents in northern India say they can see the snow-capped Himalayas 200 kilometres away for the first time in 30 years. Our photo below shows the view now:

When this is all over, should we all be considering a better future? A cleaner and clearer way of doing things? The Carmelites are constantly working towards a sustainable future, you can read more here. Can you change something or do something different to help the environment?

Let us pray..

Divine Mystery, assist me
to be a wise gardener,
who, with great care, will sow
only good seeds this day,
those deeds and attitudes
that truly will give you glory.

Every word, deed and hidden thought
is a seed whose DNA insures
a fruit unfolding to ripe maturity
that someday will be
my life-harvest returned to me.

May it be, O Holy One, a harvest of Life.

From Pslams for Zero Gravity by Ed Hays

 
SAINT JUDE, PRAY FOR US