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Grant, most merciful Lord, to your faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleansed from all their sins, and serve you with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Look  at this woodland scene.  What is your first impression, thought or feeling?  Now look more deeply.  Note the stillness of this scene.  The water with barely a ripple.  The shades of green and brown, reflections in the water. What else do you see or imagine?

Reflect.  In today’s Collect, we pray for peace, cleansing and a quiet mind.  How often we yearn for peace and quiet, thinking of it as some kind of escape from the “busyness” of our often-frantic daily schedules.  Peace and quiet. The Collect reminds us that a quiet mind helps us to serve the Divine Will.  Less distractions, less clutter, less concerns with details, less obsession with news programs and the world of social media.  Peace and quiet.  How will you seek a moment of peace, and allow yourself to accept the gift of a quiet mind?

Act.  If you can take an extra moment today, meditate in quiet.  Calm yourself.  Remove yourself from the noise and confusion of your daily life.  Know a moment of peace.  Not as an escape, but as a window through which you can enter into God’s Will as co-creator and reconciler.

Thanks for taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed Lent.

Music: “Ambient Sonata”  /Album:  Ambient Sonata  /Artist: Dee Yan-Key

Image:   “Serene ”   /Place: Banff, Alberta, Canada /Photographer: Jon Shematek

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