Lectio Divina: News

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.

Covid update

The government has updated its guidelines for the use of multi-purpose spaces. You can access them here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities

We also fall under the places of worship guidelines as well.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july

I hope you enjoy the read! It is proper government speak, but complicates how we can operate!

Book Club: News

Six of us met by Zoom on Wednesday to discuss ” Falling Upwards” by Richard Rohr.

Were joined by a new member for a few minutes. Unfortunately we could see her but not hear her! We look forward to her meeting with us soon.

The basic message of Falling Upward is simple: We all come to a crisis in our lives; with God’s help we can work through this crisis and come to a space of spiritual refreshment, peace and compassion that you could not have imagined before.

Rohr references many examples from the Bible of this. We grow spiritually much more by doing it wrong than by doing it right.

The falling will happen to all, but the growth in the second half of life doesn’t necessarily happen. If you welcome it then you will hear a deeper voice of God than you have heard before.

Our criticisms were: Rohr takes a long time to give this simple message; are there two distinct phases in life? and his view that many in the Church are stuck in the first phase of life.

We agreed the following programme for the autumn term:

  • September, Genesis Ch 1-3.
  • October, The Poetry of Seamus Heaney.
  • November, The Grapes of Wrath ” John Steinbech.
  • December, Wildlife Poetry.

All above should be on the 4th Wednesday of the month. I will confirm dates and venue nearer the time; I have emailed the Xaverian centre asking what their position is on opening.

We meet next by Zoom on Wednesday 22nd July at 1.30 to discuss ” Summer Poems “

Lectio Divina: News

Our wonderfully active Lectio Group has been considering the reading for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Matthew 10: 26-33 ‘Witness to the Gospel without fear’

You can read their thoughts here.

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.

Social distancing

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.

Lectio Divina: News

We have a powerful set of reflections today from our Lectio Group. They considered the meaning of John 6:51-58 Jesus is the Bread of Life “Anyone who eats this Bread will live forever”.

You can read their thoughts here. They are very moving.

Xaverian Spirituality Centre: Are we nearly there yet?

Since March 23rd, 2020 the Xaverian Mission Spirituality Centre has been closed due to the on-going Covid-19 epidemic. This has been a great loss for we Xaverians, in terms of our mission and our pastoral engagements. It has meant that all our regular events have been cancelled: Thursday Evening Mass, The Passover, The God who speaks, Cuppa Chat and many more opportunities to sit and have a chat with the people who come through the doors!

On Thursday evenings, Bideri and I have been celebrating mass (Jim was caught up in Coatbridge when the lockdown took place) and Archie has been shielding himself. It has been a challenging time for all of us, wondering when the doors will be open again, wondering about friends we have not seen and wondering how you are all getting along with your normal routines of life and prayer. Thankfully, the Lord has given us clement weather for gardening (if you have one), for walking, for sitting in the fresh air and for queuing outside the supermarkets!

With the plans for re-opening from the lockdown we have been looking at how we can respond to this. We have been looking at current guidance and we believe that the “feel” and ambience of the Centre will be adversely affected: the two-meter social distancing, use of the kitchen for breaks, use of the toilets, cleaning and preparation of rooms and spaces and protection of people who join us places huge restrictions on what we can offer. Hopefully, with the further easing of restrictions a new “normal” can be in place for us!

However, until then, we have decided that we will wait until the start of September to review our decision to stay closed. This has been a hard decision to take, but there are too many uncertainties at this time. We feel it is better to take out time and get it right for the benefit of all!

We hope that you understand our reasons and we hope that future contact will be more positive with a way we can re-open our doors to friends, groups and those who feel peace and warmth here.

Paddy

Lectio Divina: News

Our Lectio Group has been considering the words of John 3:16-18 “God so loved the world!”, the gospel for Holy Trinity Sunday.

This inspiring piece has moved many of the group to share their thoughts which you can read here.

The Trinity is the best community.