Encouragement for the Journey 27 /5/ 2012

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Encouragement for the Journey 27 /5/ 2012

Encouragement for the Journey

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

I am writing this week’s Encouragement for the Journey in one of my favourite cafes. A cafe is an interesting and fascinating place in which to write. I admit I would like to have been around in the 1920’s and spent time in the cafes of Paris, Berlin or Vienna. Alas, that will never be, for time travel is not yet quite perfected.

Back to the cafe I am currently in, I like it for various reasons one of which is that it is one of the few cafes around that has a beautiful gas fired log fire. So imagine on these cooler mornings the warmth that greets you upon entering. It feels welcoming and embraces you into its presence.

Cafes are extraordinary places, offering all kinds of mouth watering delicacies and tasty morsels. Of course I am not forgetting good coffee and tea. The heart of a cafe is not the barista or the kitchen; it is the table at which human beings may sit sometimes alone or with another person and have conversation. Hold that thought of being with another person in a cafe for a moment.

Today we celebrate Pentecost, the giving of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church. If we perceive the Holy Spirit to be just for us who are in the Church, we do immense injustice to the Spirit’s presence in the whole of creation.

I WANT TO STATE VERY CLEARLY IT IS MY BELIEF; GOD’S SPIRIT IS THE SPIRIT OF THE COSMOS. IT IS THE VERY BREATH OF LIFE IN EVERY APECT OF CREATION AND WITHIN EVERY PERSON. THERE IS NO BOUNDARY BETWEEN RELIGIOUS AND NON – RELIGIOUS. ALL ARE EMBRACED WITHIN THE MYSTERY OF SPIRIT- THE DIVINE RUACH (The feminine life force at the heart of all life)

So the next time you enter a cafe, alone or with another human being, spare a thought for a moment, that the Divine Ruach or breath of God has already gone before you and is already present in every person, in every conversation that may take place at your table or the one next to you.

What a wonderful thought!

No wonder cafes are such amazing and extraordinary places.

Meanwhile Peace in the eternal embrace

Alf