Glorious sunshine blesses Day of Reflection at Thicket Priory

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CAFOD supporters were blessed with glorious weather which only served to enhance the experience of being in the beautiful setting of Thicket Priory, just outside York. Around 25 people took advantage of the opportunity to spend some time away from the busyness of their lives, to soak in the peace and tranquillity of their surroundings. There were lots of opportunities built into the day for private reflection.

Margaret Siberry, CAFOD Diocesan Manager for Leeds, led a very gentle, reflective day in which we were reminded that we were baptised priest, prophet and king. Symbols used during the day included water to bless ourselves, oil to anoint each other and light, signifying that we are all called to be light to the world as we live out our faith. We were reminded that we had been ‘chosen and called’ by Christ, who said “I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness”.  A very moving meditation included making a candle holder out of clay during which we were invited to hold, mould, shape, fill and bless ourselves and each other, acknowledging our shared dignity.

The Nuns of the Discalced Carmelite community had very generously provided refreshments and allowed us the freedom of the monastery and its surroundings, keeping a very low profile unless they were summoned.  It was a deeply enriching occasion which we hope to repeat.

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