This week as we meditate let’s reflect on perfect love, a further word given to us by Henri Nouwen in his book, Lifesigns. We are living in strange and fear-filled times. Still in lock down with health and economic worries on our doorstep, we can become strangers to ourselves; people who have an address but are never home in the innermost sense, and hence can never be addressed by the true voice of God.

  • Perfect love refers to a love that comes from God, a divine love that drives out fear. Prayer is the most concrete way to make our home in God. Prayer launches us on an inward journey to the heart; that intimate home where an unceasing conversation can take place.
  • Prayer leads us to the knowledge that, in the words of the mystic, Julian of Norwich, “all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”

As you prepare to relax in body and mind, to slow your breathing, enter your meditation, centering your prayer on your intimate bond with God, consider the nurturing words, “all shall be well,” or from (John 14: 1 and 27) “do not let your hearts be troubled, or “Peace I leave with you,” to help you return from distraction, to your heart centre.

Love and every blessing

Lifesigns –  Intimacy and Love, p 24 – 29.