Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.
Moments of calm, times of ‘coolness and balm,’ bring peace and great comfort in strange and stressful times. More than this, remembering such times, picturing them in our minds, brings back the comfort and peace.
Yesterday evening a group of us gathered at Church with Bishop Mark for a Baptism and Confirmation, with Benediction. Current restrictions mean that this was a quiet gathering, yet it was also a serene and joyful one. We felt the loving presence of God in the sacraments offered at Church. The still, small voice of calm spoke.
Adam was baptised and confirmed, Michael, Paul, Yasmeen, Refat, Enzo, Raseem and Gianni, were confirmed. Together we all prayed before the Blessed Sacrament and received God’s Blessing in Benediction.
Bishop Mark welcomed all and drew us together. “It was a real example of Holy inclusion that is so characteristic of St Cs!” was a comment received.
In his talk Bishop Mark reminded us of the disciples in the Upper Room praying for the Holy Spirit. Inspired by them Bishop Mark encouraged us to attend Mass regularly, to rejoice in the gifts God gives us, to pray together with Mary, and to serve one another.
Candidates were invited to choose a crucifix for their rooms as a blessing and remembrance from the day. The crucifixes had special significance. They had all been given by the Sisters of the Community of the Holy Name. We were all touched by this connection, and the knowledge that the sisters though not physically with us were connected to us in this way, and though prayer.
At the end of the evening we gathered around Our Lady’s statue, our shrine of Mary, Mother of welcome and hope.
We indeed felt that each of us had been welcomed by God and new hope was in our hearts.