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'Beyond The Thorns'
(Archived on Saturday - April - 11/04/2009 )

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  Photo was taken at Grace Dieu Retreat House, near Tramore, Co.Waterford (Irl)  
 
What stands out in this photo are the big thorns. They are strong, long, fiercly pointed and protective. Yet beyond the thorns lies the yellow flower and an indicator of what today is all about. We wait patiently in hope, knowing that beyond every thorn, beyond every darkness and beyond every obstacle lies great beauty.

 

Thought on Saturday - April - 11/04/2009

‘Days of absence, sad and dreary, clothed in sorrow’s dark array. Days of absence, I am weary, she I love is far away’ ~William Shakespeare

Today Holy Saturday can best be described as a day of absence. Where is God today? Isn’t that a question we ask ourselves so many times. Those affected by the earthquake in Italy are asking it. Those who have lost a job recently are asking it. Those who have lost a loved one through death are asking it. Those who carry heavy and sad news are asking it. Jesus asked it on the cross. “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” God seems absent, not just the day after Good Friday, but on many occasions for us. We believe in a compassionate loving God. Compassion means to “suffer with”, which means that God also suffers with us in all our struggles. In our struggles there is a promise of light, hope and meaning in all of life’s fragility. That’s why we wait patiently for the promise of Easter to burst through later on this evening and tonight. Happy Easter!

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