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  • Chris Williams

Friday 22nd May - Icon of the Day

‘There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It draws no attention to itself though it is always secretly there. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility and our hearts to love life. Without this subtle quickening our days would be empty and wearisome, and no horizon would ever awaken our longing. Our passion for life is quietly sustained from somewhere in us that is wedded to the energy and excitement of life. This shy inner light is what enables us to recognise and receive our very presence here as blessing. We enter the world as strangers who all at once become heirs to a harvest of memory, spirit and dream that has long preceded us and will now enfold, nourish and sustain us. The gift of the world is our first blessing’

John O’Donohue


Image: ‘Water Lilies’, Claude Monet, 1916

One of the series of approximately 250 oil paintings depicting the artist's garden at his home in Giverny. They were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.


In St Mary’s prayer cycle for May 2020, today we pray for those all caught up in war and deprivation.


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