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franciscan - September 2000

© The Society of Saint Francis, 2000

Saint Pega’s

Here, from the lives of those
Who, seeking the Descent of the Spirit,
Charge the world with their kind of power
Emboldened in the monastic setting
Of love and strength and purpose –

We, entering into their sanctuary,
Are charged and internally fired with love
To a point of essential reciprocity
In the wide world. Saying humbly –
Strongly – essentially – beyond reason or hope –
‘Here is the Lord, the Spirit, the Inevitable,
The Essential; the Love that sees and brands
With wondrous, inexplicable, heavenly joy . . .’
And thus, supported in utter helplessness, we carry it with us
Through the world to the end of time;
In ecstatic worship
To the end of time and beyond.

Thelma Frost
after a pilgrimage from St Bene’t’s Cambridge to St Pega’s, Peakirk


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