Dear Friends,

We pray you are safe and well. In the spirit of our philosophy of co-creating community and our awareness that the Spirit speaks through each of us, we invite you to share your meditations with us as well. We truly believe that in God’s economy of abundance, when we share our blessings, our thoughts, our feelings, we are all made richer. 

Today’s meditation was sent to us by a life-long friend, Sr. Anne Shepard OSB, written by Benedictine Sr. Barbara Mayer. We found her poetic reflection inspiring and comforting, and we anticipate that it will bring you these same blessings. 

We hope and pray that you and your loved ones experience genuine peace of mind and heart, and remain in good health during this challenging time. 

May Easter Day be the beginning of a season of peace, of healing and hope, of the resurrection of joy in your life!

With our love and care,

Jean & Ron

Meditation Sixteen: Waiting in the Darkness

Darkness surrounds us during this holy time,

no end in sight, only waiting alone

wondering if the pandemic will hit us --

strike our little corner of the world.

We wait as Jesus waited first in the garden,

then on the grueling climb to Golgotha,

finally on the spiked cross of crucifixion,

when Jesus felt abandoned, deserted,

wrenched beyond human dimension,

no safety net, no last minute reprieve.

Our darkness can be fecund as it was

for Jesus, when all thought light had been

extinguished, the resurrection broke through.

May our darkness, our unknowing burst forth

into a swath of health, freedom from fear,

and transformation into renewed bearers

of the Light.

Barbara Mayer, OSB

April 6, 2020