October 16 ” . . . a moment . . . to sit by thy side”

Monday October 16    annual retreat days

If you emailed me this week, you would receive this auto-response message.

“From Sunday Oct 15 until Sunday Oct 22 I will be making my personal retreat in New England.  I will occasional check emails to catch important messages, but for the most part stillness gets my attention.

Time to breathe in and out slowly, almost like reading a poem for 8 days.

Have a blest week.”


john st sj

Today’s Post   Rabindranath Tagore  Gitanjali # 5

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.

Today the summer has come at my window with its sighs and murmurs; and
the bees are plying their minstrelsy at the court of the flowering grove.

Now it is time to sit quite, face to face with thee, and to sing
dedication of life in this silent and overflowing leisure.

Tagore,  Gitanjali # 5

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1913
Rabindranath Tagore

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