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Stats, St Aidan and a poem by Rilke

At last Ive passed the 300 barrier in my visiting challenge – 300 doors knocked on thus far in Little Paxton ( though not every one in – lots are) Still not sure quite how many homes  there are here… maybe c 1,500. So, thats 1/5th approached thus far.

I like this little piece about St Aidan of Lindisfarne that Ive come across tonight:

 St Aidan.was an Irish monk from the monastery of St Columba in Iona and in AD 635 he and 12 other monks, at the invitation of King Oswald, settled on the island. They established an Irish-type monastry of wooden buildings and here the monks led a life of prayer, study and austerity.

 From Lindisfarne , they went out on their mission. Aidan’s simple missionary method was to walk the lanes, talk to the people he met and interest them in the faith when he could. His monks visited and revisited the places where he sowed the seeds and in time local Christian communities were set up.  One story tells that the king, worried that Aidan would walk like a peasant, gave him a horse. But Aidan gave it away to a beggar. He wanted to walk, to be on the same level as the people he met.

Certainly, no horses for me – though due to the persistant rain I used the car a bit today.

I also found this poem by Maria Rilke….I hope readers may find it helpful:

God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going.  No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousnes.

Give me your hand.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke ~

(Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy)

August 26, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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