I have just finished praying the Rosary, sitting under the shade of the oak woodland.
The sun is shining, filtering through the beautiful new oak leaves. There is fresh new growth all around me. The birds are singing, there is a gentle breeze and Osiris our cat is sitting on my lap.
This is how I prayed my Rosary this morning – in this quite idyllic setting.
Yet audible in the distance, if not overwhelmingly so, was the constant sound of bombs exploding, machine guns and grenades.
We are situated six kilometers from military land, where the soldiers practice war most days.
As I prayed and marvelled at the beautiful surroundings, I often had tears running down my cheek, knowing that in certain places in the world at this moment, war is not practice – it is reality.
That there, the sounds of those guns and bombs mean that people are really being maimed and killed.
Instead of moving to a quieter spot, I attempted to move my prayer more to my heart, for all those at war.
I felt my breath deepen, as my heart ached with the pain of the reality of war in our world.
As I prayed to Our Lady, I imagined how her heart must feel – pierced continually with a pain that is a response to her children at war with each other.
Both realities are true. The beauty of my surroundings and the tragedy of war.
Both realities are true: The Love of Our Mother and the sword which pierces Her Immaculate Heart.
My aim is about becoming acutely aware of both – simultaneously.
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Here are some important inspirations for this website. Each title also has a review at our site – the links are given below. These books can also be found in our Amazon UK Store here as well as our Amazon UK Store here.
Links to each Review here: (Heart of the Redeemer) (Meditations on the Tarot), (Puritan’s Empire), (Life of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque), (This is the Faith), (Marian Apparitions), (The Secret of the Rosary), (France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart) (The Power and the Glory).