Wednesday November 4 “Now is the time to sit quiet”
Packing for my annual Jesuit retreat, on Connecticut’s south shore of the Long Island Sound and on the bank of The Hammonasset River, a tidal estuary with sea birds and marsh grass. Some breathing time, with short meetings before and after. Back Wednesday Nov 18.
john st sj
I ask for a moment’s indulgence to sit by thy side,
The works that I have in hand
I will finish afterwards.
Away from the sight of thy face
my heart knows no rest nor respite,
and my work becomes an endless toil
in a shoreless sea of toil.
Now is the time to sit quiet,
face to face with thee
and to sing dedication of life
in this silent and overflowing leisure.
Tagore’s poem # 5 in Gitanjali fits these days