“TIS A BEAUTEOUS EVENING, CALM AND FREE,
THE HOLY TIME IS QUIET AS A NUN, BREATHLESS WITH ADORATION.”
– WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
“THE WORLD IS TOO MUCH WITH US; LATE AND SOON,
GETTING AND SPENDING, WE LAY WASTE OUR POWERS;
LITTLE DO WE SEE IN NATURE THAT IS OURS.”
– WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
“BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD, SUPREME IN THE HEAVENS,
SUPREME ON THE EARTH.”
– PS 46,10
I think you know where I am going with the beautiful words I have quoted above. It is my simple hope and prayer that this summer, we will all make time to slow down, go out into a park somewhere, reconnect with nature, and through nature, reconnect with the God of Creation, who reveals his magnificence – at least for the benefit of those who already believe – in the magnificence of his creation. By the grace of God, may we all restore and refresh ourselves by our contact with nature and at the same time, spend some quality time with our loved ones, and with our God.
I have been living in enforced stillness for the last five months, and I can say that in my confinement and immobility, I have known that God is God. Thanks to your sustained prayers, his Providence was present to me all the time, hidden, discreet, like a mother keeping a watchful eye over her sleeping child, from a distance. I will be even more still in the coming weeks, since this Monday, July 1, I am on my way to Saskatchewan for three weeks to see my family, and then down East for two weeks to see my Dominican brothers. I will be largely confined to the rectories and convents in which I am lodging, and to any green space I can find in the vicinity. But I know from my experience of the last months that it is all okay. I know God will be with me in Saskatoon and Montreal just as He has been with me in my bedroom in the house on Austrey.
I will be returning August 5th, in the hope, yet again, that by then, I will be able to resume at least some liturgical ministry. Until then, my prayer is that God will grant us all the grace of a very blessed summer.
We will run this edition of the parish bulletin for four Sundays. The next new edition will appear on Sunday July 28th.
God bless us all,