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  • Chris Williams

Mon 29th June – Icon of the Day

In these times when anger Is turned into anxiety And someone has stolen The horizons and the mountains,

Our small emperors on parade Never expect our indifference To disturb their nakedness

They keep their heads down And their eyes gleam with reflection From Aluminum economic ground,

The media wraps everything In a cellophane of sound, And the ghost surface of the virtual Overlays the breathing earth.

The industry of distraction Makes us forget That we live in a universe

We have become converts To the religion of stress And its deity of progress

That we may have courage To turn aside from it all

And come to kneel down before the poor, To discover what we must do, How to turn anxiety Back into anger, How to find our way home.

‘Blessing for citizenship’ by John O’Donohue


Image: New York City at night, looking east along West 45th St.

Photographer: Paulo Barcellos Jr, 2006, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence.


In St Mary’s prayer cycle for June 2020, today we give thanks for all acts of kindness we may have received recently.


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