‘In the Eucharist there are testimonies to communion with each other, with the family around the world, with rich and poor, hungry and thirsty … and also testimony to those who’ve gone before us, who have died: the communion of saints. My experience through the years, particularly at simple early morning communions, is that some widows or widowers come not necessarily because they want some Eucharistic ritual, but because it’s a place of giving thanks for those who have died and gone home and who are with God. At one level they are gone, we know it, there’s the rawness
of grief; at another level there is a continuing sense of presence … a mysterious communion … but the Eucharist can also be a place where we are brought into this mystery of absence and presence. Jesus, or his spirit, isn’t under a white cloth. All the white cloth is telling us is that at the heart of all life, dark and light, creative and destructive, there is the profound mystery of the presence of the creative spirit of God. It doesn’t always feel like that. Often it feels like a silence, an absence … an abyss … but the paradox of absence and presence is built into being human.’

Donald Eadie, from Words and Wonderings: Conversations with Present-day Prophets, Joy Mead, Wild Goose Publications

Words and Wonderings



Every creature is Yours
most awesome One,
and in death the breath
of each returns to you.

Annie Heppenstall, from The Healer’s Tree, Annie Heppenstall, Wild Goose Publications

The Healer’s Tree

Wild Goose Publications

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