Outlook Issue 27 Spring 2019
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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A Time to Heal
About every couple of months there is a simple Eucharist held in St Mary’s Church Centre, including, for those who want it, the giving and receiving of healing by the Laying on of Hands and Anointing with Holy Oil, described as ‘Sacramental Healing’. Many believe that the point of Sacramental Healing is to bring us to a state of ‘wellbeing’, peace and wholeness in Christ – and that this state can co-exist with being actually physically sick! A dying person can be in a state of healing and wholeness. Equally, a perfectly fit person can be broken and sick of heart and spirit. Healing is not about curing us from illness, but about moving more deeply into our understanding of God – so that we experience God’s love and grace, and our unity with each other. A Time to Heal will next be held on Friday 5 July at 7.00 for 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church Centre. We will also share a simple supper together, and time for reflection and fellowship. You are most welcome. Margie Stagg Like a cat asleep on a chair … Like a cat asleep on a chair at peace, in peace and at one with the master of the house, with the mistress, at home, at home in the house of the living, sleeping on the hearth, and yawning before the fire. Sleeping on the hearth of the living world, yawning at home before the fire of life, feeling the presence of the living God like a great reassurance, a deep calm in the heart, a presence, as of the master sitting at the board in his own and greater being, in the house of life. Excerpt from ‘Pax’ by D H Lawrence Picture credit: ‘Sleeping Cat’, 1938, by Sir William Coldstream CBE (1908-1987) © The artist’s estate. Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford