Today we must listen to the health professional,
Tomorrow perhaps the doctor,
Next week the economist
And surely the following week the psychotherapist.
Yet when all that’s done and we are still somewhat lost
Let’s not forget to talk to the monk.
Yes you see, to him, or indeed her, the nun, much of this is not so strange.
He has been self – isolating since the twelfth century
He does not confuse loneliness and solitude
Especially in sacred silence which in the monastery
Nudges basic mindfulness on into the richer contemplation
An exciting encounter with the One who fears no virus!
Yes don’t forget to talk to the monk!
Of course he’ll say nothing
Yet render us speechless
Pointing to the Word.
( Joe McDonald 25. 03. 2020 )


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