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during 2024 I will continue to add quotations to this section that speak to what is at the core of ‘Encounter the heart’ 

A morning offering.

I bless the night that nourished my heart, To set the ghosts of longing free, Into the flow and figure of dream, That went to harvest from the dark, Bread for the hunger no one sees.

All that is eternal in me, welcomes the wonder of this day, the field of brightness it creates, offering time for each thing, to arise and illuminate.

I place on the altar of dawn: the quiet loyalty of breath, the tent of thought where I shelter and all beauty drawn to the eye.

May my mind come alive today, to the invisible geography that invites me to new frontiers, to break the dead shell of yesterdays, to risk being disturbed and changed.

May I have the courage today, to live the life that I would love, to postpone my dream no longer, but do at last what I came here for, and waste my heart on fear no more.


“Let us leave our tombs of darkness, our stifled and
protected lives, closed in by giant rocks of hardened
hearts or wounded egos or deep fear and anxiety. God
is the infinite potential of infinite love and to believe in
God is to believe in that which is not yet; the possibilities
of what we can become. So, throw yourselves into the
heart of God – let go and see what happens when faith
steers the power of the will. Venture forth into the
unfinished world where God is struggling to be born; let
us not settle for mediocrity but let us liberate our minds
to imagine a new world. This is the Christian way; the way of the im/possible, the hidden potential of infinite
love within us, calling us to respond in faith, hope and love: Faith in God’s infinite power of love; hope in the
power of life before us and love as the energy of resistance, creativity, novelty and dreams.
Is Christ risen from the dead? Maybe. The only testimony that makes this Christian faith real is our response in
Illio Delio

When you travel as a pilgrim, the world is crowded with hidden shrines, with teachers who don’t even know they are spiritual guides for you! Edward Hayes

“It’s not the path it’s the learnings, the life along the way, that make the difference!” Sr Joan Chittister osb

We shall not cease from exploration – and the end of all our exploring – will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time! T. S. Elliot, “Little Gidding!”

Sheldrake in his work, ‘The Rebirth of Nature’ states that the primary factor of pilgrimage is intention: “If we go as pilgrims to a sacred place, we go in the hope of being inspired and blessed, or to give thanks. We can inform our intention by learning the stories of the place and its spirit!”

I felt in need of a great pilgrimage. So, I sat still for three days and God came to me! Hafiz

To be a pilgrim means, to be on the move slowly, to notice your luggage becoming lighter, to be seeking for treasures that do not rust, to be comfortable with your heart’s questions – to be moving towards the Holy Ground of home, with empty hands and bare feet! John O’Donohue

The Path

God bless the path on which we go. Go bless the Earth beneath our feet. God bless our destination. God be a smooth way before us, a guiding star above us, a keen eye behind us – this day, this night and forever! Celtic Blessing.

May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a vocation, keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve.  As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings, may your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills. When the way is flat and dull in times of grey endurance, may your imagination continue to evoke horizons.  When thirst burns in times of drought, may you be blessed to find the wells.  May you have the wisdom to read time clearly and know when the seed of change will flourish.  In your heart may there be a sanctuary for the stillness where clarity is born.  May your work be infused with passion and creativity and have the wisdom to balance compassion and challenge.  May your soul find the graciousness to rise above the fester of small mediocrities. May your power never become a shell wherein your heart would silently atrophy.  May you welcome your own vulnerability as the ground where healing and truth join.

May the integrity of your soul be your first ideal, the source that will guide and bless your work.

(To Bless the Space Between Us. John O’Donohue 2008)

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation!” Mahatma Gandhi

“No matter how great or small the offense against me, I will try to forgive. I will be the victor, not the victim.” The Hero Code, Admiral William McRaven, p. 143

“I will learn to sacrifice by giving a little of my time, my talent, and my treasure to those in need. Every day. Without fail.” The Hero Code, Admiral William McRaven, p. 37

“I will use humour to comfort others, and never be afraid to laugh at myself.” The Hero Code, Admiral William McRaven, p. 132

“What you do with your heart affects the whole Universe!”

I first heard this quote used by my Congregational Leader – Br Philip Pinto. But I have heard it attributed to others.

“He departed from our sight that we might return to our hearts and find Him there!”

St Augustine of Hippo


Live simply so that others may simply live.


“Fear not, the good seed will grow in the children’s hearts later on!”

Blessed Edmund Rice

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye!”

“It is the time that you have wasted with your rose that makes your rose so important!”

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“The poor need help today, not next week!” 

Catherine McAuley foundress of the Sisters of Mercy

“It’s all so simple and makes perfect sense – life is temporary and fragile, precious beyond measure, and life contains nothing except this moment – this beautiful bright river of experience This is all there is and this is where fulfilment lies and everything else is only a shadow play of the mind.” The Shock, by Steve Taylor

“Everyone has a map in his heart of his own country and the heart will never allow you to forget this map!”

Alexander McCall Smith

The most difficult thing – but an essential one – is to love life, to love it even while you suffer, because life is all, life is God, and to love life is to love God.

Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace

“The essence of all spirituality is presence, a state of consciousness and that transcends thinking!”

Eckhart Tolle

“I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, The Astonishing Light of your own Being!”


“Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Mary Oliver – The Summer Day

“God acts in the simplicity of open hearts!”

Pope Francis – Let us Dream

“We need a culture of encounter where we meet as people with a shared dignity!”

Pope Francis – Let us Dream

“Thou hast made me known to friends whom I knew not. Thou hast given me seats in homes not my own. Thou hast brought the distant near and made a brother of the stranger. I am uneasy at heart when I have to leave my accustomed shelter; I forgot that there abides the old in the new, and that there also thou abidest.

Through birth and death, in this world or in others, wherever thou leadest me it is thou, the same, the one companion of my endless life who ever linkest my heart with bonds of joy to the unfamiliar. When one knows thee, then alien there is none, then no door is shut. Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the bliss of the touch of the One in the play of the many”.

Rabindranath Tagore



The challenge for men is to let us know if you’re in that (dark) place. Let us know, because when you open up and talk about your problems, you’ll realise that you’re loved an dcared for much more than you give credit for. Talk to someone you trust, but please just talk t osomeone. have that conversation. Men don’t want to burden us with thie problems, and Paul was a man. We don’t want to be seen as weak and that’s all men, not just footballers. There are a lot of guys who have done what Pauls’ done, unfortunately, and no one knows about them. Men are vulnerable and it’s OK to show that we are. You have to let us know so we can try to help. Because this (Green’s death) helps nobody; this hurts us all. This must not be in vain.

Words of Wayne Bennett – Rugby League coach upon the death by suicide of Paul Green.

“I’m so small,” said the mole. “Yes,” said the boy, “but you make a huge difference!”

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” (asked the mole) “Kind!” said the boy.

“What do you think success is?” asked the boy. “To love,” said the mole.

“What do you think is the biggest waste of time?” (asked the boy) “Comparing yourself to others!” said the mole.

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse by Charlie Mackesy

Courage in the ordinary.

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble!” Helen Keller

“The weak can never forgive, forgiveness is the attribute of the strong!” Mahatma Gandhi

“Whatever job I am given, whatever duty I am bound by, I will do it to the best of my ability!” The Hero Code by Admiral William McRaven, p. 102

Not all dragons may be unfriendly. Be-friend the inner Dragon and find a strong friend.”

“Dragons, it would have been difficult for any man not to want to fight beside a dragon!”

No, I would not want to live in a world without Dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without faith, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without hope!”

“It’s Christmas every time you let God love others through you.” St. Teresa of Calcutta

‘Always leave a green bough in your heart and the singing bird will come.’
Chinese Proverb

There is a heaviness permeating our globe, and we, it seems, are stumbling in this dark place, blinded by its shadows and longing for a spark of light.

Even Mother Earth senses imminent rape from threats of fracking, mining, digging, pipelines, pollution and more.

Grieved I ran to the woods to hide. Where are You, merciful God? Where is Your mercy now for a broken people and a hurting world?

And from the very soil, the trees, the air and every living creeping, crawling, flying, walking, swimming creature rose the whisper, thunderous: Here. Here I am – hiding with you… Hush. Here I am. We must cuddle together, to share our pain and we will plot together to birth new life…

 Edwina Gateley