LENT 2022

i want to go home, but home is the mouth of a shark

home is the barrel of the gun

and no one would leave home

unless home chased you to the shore

unless home tells you to

leave what you could not behind,

even if it was human.

no one leaves home until home

is a damp voice in your ear saying

leave, run now, i don’t know what

i’ve become.

(excerpt from ‘Home’, ©️Warsan Shire, British-Somali poet)

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;

he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent

and set me high upon a rock.

(Psalm 27:5)

The unhappiness of a person resides in one thing,

to be unable to remain peacefully in a room.

(Blaise Pascal)

It is silence and solitude that bring us face to face with ourselves and the inner wars we must win if we are ever to become truly whole, truly at peace.

Silence is the beginning of peace. It is in silence that we learn that there is more to life than life seems to offer. There is beauty and truth and vision wider than the present and deeper than the past that only silence can discover.

Going into ourselves we see the whole world at war within us and begin to end the conflict. To understand ourselves, then, is to understand everyone else as well.

(©️Joan Chittister, from: ‘For Everything A Season’)


Praying for world peace, and for the relief of suffering caused by wars happening all over the world today: Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Mali, Somalia, Libya, Myanmar, Tigray, and other areas experiencing violent conflict. Welcome all refugees equally.


Photography ©️ Saskia Kidd @oraetdecora

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