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Reflection for Global Day of Oneness

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03/11/2016

A SLEEP OF PRISONERS

By CHRISTOPHER FRY

The human heart can go the lengths of God...

Dark and cold we may be, but this  
Is no winter now. The frozen misery 
Of centuries breaks, cracks, begins to move; 
The thunder is the thunder of the floes, 
The thaw, the flood, the upstart Spring.

Thank God our time is now when wrong 
Comes up to face us everywhere, 
Never to leave us till we take 
The longest stride of soul men ever took.

Affairs are now soul size.

The enterprise is exploration into God.

Where are you making for? It takes 
So many thousand years to wake..
But will you wake, for pity's sake?

_________

Arbour Hill prison dates back almost three hundred years to when it was a military prison in the early eighteenth century.  Today this historic building is home to 140 men who are serving time for various offences.  

As we gathered in our little chapel, darkness was falling and the evening silence wrapped itself around our hearts.  Invited to wake by the words of our poem, we recalled  the broken and hurting parts of our planet,  our suffering people, animals, plants and environment.  We were reminded that we are all kin, brothers and sisters linked together in a sacred web of life.  

We gathered as a people conscious of our brokenness and of the part which we played in causing pain and brokenness to others.  More importantly, we gathered to send forth  healing energy and love. Circles of  prayer radiated beyond our ancient walls, reaching the hearts of all who gathered in this global consciousness.

We send our gratitude  to the community in the Garden of Oneness in Zambia for inviting us to join together in this global solidarity.

Mary Hanrahan,PBVM
Prison Chaplain
 

 

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