St. Gabriel's Retreat, The Graan

 

The Shrine of St. Charles - Mount Argus

 

O Dear St. Charles, Friend of the Sick

during your life on earth, 

you were always ready to help those who were ill.

Many times you have gone to the bedside of the sick

and prayed for them with faith. 

We ask you now to be close to those

who are in need of God’s healing.

May Our Lady, Health of the Sick, join you

in interceding with the Father of their behalf. Amen

 

 

A note from the World Wide Web

We fell asleep in one world and woke up in another

Suddenly Disney is out of magic. Paris is no longer romantic

New York doesn’t stand up any more

The Chinese wall is no longer a fortress and Mecca is empty

Hugs and Kisses suddenly become weapons and not visiting parents and friends becomes an act of love

Suddenly you realise that power, beauty and money are worthless, and can’t get you the oxygen you are fighting for

The world continues its life and it is beautiful. It only puts humans in cages

I think it is sending us a message - “You are not necessary”

The air, earth, water and sky without you are fine

When you come back remember that you are my guests - not my masters”

 

A poem gone Viral by Kitty O’Meara

 

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,

as they had been healed.

 

A Meditation for the Anxious During Covid-19

 

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Bring your breathing under control. It’s hard. We’re in uncertain times, uncharted waters. Our breaths might be short, panicked. We may have forgotten to breathe all together.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

Slowly, read Psalm 46:11: “Be still and know that I am God!” God is speaking to you. How do you respond?

Be still and know that I am God.

 

God of all people, my faith is tested during this time of pandemic. Your houses of prayer and worship stand empty: Can we gather together without contracting disease? Can the most vulnerable members of our human family — the elderly, the sick — come to pray without fear?

The answer to these questions, it seems, is no.

Be still and know that I am.

 

God, I know that you are here, even if I sit alone in my home. Just as you appeared to Moses in the burning bush, you appear to us now, in surprising, unsettling ways.

I may not find you where I expect you — my community, the Mass, the Eucharist — but give me eyes to find you in new places: livestreams, Face time and quiet solitude.

Be still and know.

 

God of the sick, God of the vulnerable, give me clarity to see through the noise and clutter. Grant me serenity that I may have a level head with which to weigh the information I am given. Sustain me with fortitude that I may have the courage to learn all I need to know about this disease that plagues our world.

I do not want to give in to fear, panic, hysteria. But I do want to make good decisions, for myself, my community and my world. Help me to do so.

Be still.

 

I know that I have to change my daily life, my daily routine. I know that I can no longer come and go as I wish. In this Lenten season, remind me of the spiritual significance of fasting: setting things aside to make room for you, God, and for the common good. Give me a spirit of fasting as I confront this disease.

May I see these moments of stillness — moments that I am not out at bars, restaurants, events and activities — as opportunities to encounter you. And as my small yet important contribution to the common good of our world.

Be.

 

I feel as though there is so little I can do to bring about an end to this crisis. Grant me the wisdom to simply be, to sit, to rest, to watch and to trust that your hand is at work, guiding and protecting medical professionals, scientists, first responders and government officials, as well as my neighbours, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.

 

Welcome

This community belongs to the Passionist Province of St. Patrick, which has foundations in Ireland and Scotland and in Paris as well as Missionary foundations in Botswana and South Africa. The brethren who serve in St. Gabriel's are available to serve, and have actually served, in the other foundations of the Province.

The Passionists came to outside Enniskillen in 1909 to found a house that would serve as the training house for Passionist novices.

 

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The Graan,
Enniskillen,
Co. Fermanagh,
BT74 5PB
N. Ireland.

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