Our Lectio group is once again in top form despite the inconveniences of our present times.
You can read some of their thought provoking reflections on the reading for this Sunday here.
Remember, it is never too late to join in. You do not need to offer your thoughts to the group, that is optional. If you want to join in then message the group leaders using the form at the bottom of this page.
Continuing our theme of bringing you news from far and wide, this week we focus on the Centre for African Studies. Although their website is in French, Google can be terribly helpful to those of us who are perhaps a little rusty on that score.
Just a word – these reflections as they arrive in the inbox are often accompanied with kind words of thanks and encouragement intended for the other members of the Lectio Group. I generally do not publish these as they are obviously intended particularly for group members.
If you want to become part of this lively group then please get in contact using the form at the bottom of this page.
Fr Paddy has been experimenting to see what the effect of 2m Social Distancing would be for The Centre. He has rearranged the seating to comply with the requirement and then taken photographs. You can see the photographs here.
You must make up your own mind but when I look at Paddy’s visual explanation it seems clear that a 2 metre separation is unworkable for our usual events. Much of the life of the Centre is about community and being together.
Perhaps the government will soon issue new and less restrictive guidelines on distancing but until then we shall wait.
Last week, at the time we would normally gather for the Community Mass, we posted a link to the Xaverian community website in the Philippines.
This week at the same time we encourage you to look at the website of the Xaverians in Sierra Leone. Have a look at what they are doing, their challenges, hopes and above all their generosity of spirit.
Thursday evenings used to be the time for the Community Mass. For the moment we must continue to forgo that community gathering.
The Xaverian community spans the world. As we are unable to reach out physically to our own local communities and instead must go on line, so we are freed from the constraints of space and can join with other communities round the world.
This week, lets reach out to the Xaverian community in the Philippines. Have a look at their website and see how they view the world.