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  • Chris Williams

Saturday 16th May – Icon of the Day

God has to work in the soul in secret and in darkness because if we fully knew what was happening, and what Mystery, transformation, God and Grace will eventually ask of us, we would either try to take charge or stop the whole process.

St John of the Cross


Image: Vincent van Gogh ‘The Starry Night’, Saint Rémy de Provence, June 1889. Museum of Modern Art, New York.

“This morning I saw the countryside from my window a long time before sunrise, with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big….” – letter from Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo. Vincent was then in the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy, where he had sought respite while continuing to paint.

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In St Mary’s prayer cycle for May 2020, today we pray for all who cry out for rest and relief.


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