Julian Group December 2020

Julian Group December 2020

Julian Group December 2020

Julian Group December 2020

Dear Julian Friend,


Let us, on this occasion avoid focussing on what 2020 has not been, but rather focus on moving on in Our Lord towards what is yet to come. We refer to  our ‘Meetings’, this being the last of this year, but the first of our sixth year as the ‘ Burnham Area Julian Meeting’. We belong to a world-wide movement called ‘The Julian Meetings’. We have just  renewed our membership for 2021 of this movement of Meetings, of those who love to be part of “
Meeting in silence with God in Meditation and Contemplative Prayer” as the Julian Meetings logo states. It is a privilege to move on with Our Lord in the fellowship of The Julian Meetings, which has thrived in these times of isolation.

Someone who has moved on into rest eternal with Our Lord since our last Meeting is our dear friend Nicky Henning, a faithful founder member of our Julian Meeting. We invite you to hold Nicky in your heart for a moment at the beginning of our December Meeting. We honour the remembrance of her quiet inspirational faith and her friendship. We also commend to you the practice of holding each other in our hearts as we prepare intentionally to enter the Great Silence where Our Lord meets with us, together.

We wish you a Blessed Christmas and look forward to your fellowship as we move on together into 2021. We are always pleased to hear from you when you have thoughts about our future Meetings, offerings of thoughts or prayers, images or ideas.

Love from us both, Truly, Liz and Tony.

(The next meeting is on Monday, 18th January 2021)


SOME THOUGHTS TO BEGIN

The world gives itself up to incessant activity merely because it knows of nothing better. The inspired (wo)man works among its whirring wheels also; but (s)he knows whither the wheels are going, for (s)he has found the centre where all is stillness.”
-Paul Brunson


“Human history is the long and terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
-C.S.Lewis


Though I know that a virgin this day gave birth, and I believe that God was begotten before all time, yet the manner of his birth I have learned to venerate in silence, and I accept that this is not to be probed too curiously with wordy speech”.
-St. John Chrysostum

GOING IN     

 Breathe deeply.  

 Repeat your anchor prayer or mantra e.g. MARANATHA (in four distinct syllables).    Allow at least five minutes to settle the mind and focus the heart.


BE in the Great Silence, loving Him and letting Him love you. Drink the infusion of deep peace which only He can give.

(allow as long as you wish in this place, minimum of half an hour ) 

then slowly, very slowly begin.........


COMING OUT
The only people who pray well are those who keep praying.In the dark night, when all other practices and beliefs about God lose meaning, keep returning to silent, contemplative prayer. It will keep you empty and ready for God’s ongoing revelation of an ever-deeper love.”
-Richard Rohr

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.
See how nature-trees, flowers,grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence.
We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

-Mother Teresa

“The peace of God ..... keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God”.            Amen.



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