Taizé Reflections

This series of Taizé reflections for young adults are intended to help us in our journey seeking God in silence and prayer in the midst of our daily life.

“If we take as our guide the oldest prayer book, the biblical Psalms, we note two main forms of prayer. One is a lament and cry for help. The other is thanksgiving and praise to God. On a more hidden level, there is a third kind of prayer, without demands or explicit expression of praise. In Psalm 131 for instance, there is nothing but quietness and confidence: “I have calmed and quieted my soul … hope in the Lord from this time on and forevermore.” – Taizé

St Patrick’s Taizé Resource

St Patrick’s Parish encourages our young adult parishioners to engage with silent prayer through the Taizé charism, which is a simple prayer method.  You can start with this simple daily prayer exercise.

Prayer:

  1. You might like to light a candle, and remember that you are in the presence of God who loves you infinitely.  Then play some music, such as the following chant (click here)
  2. Take a few moments to acknowledge how you are.  Become aware of your breathing, with slow deep breaths.  Breathe in the Holy Spirit, then breathe out any negativity (anxiety, anger, fear..)
  3. Follow with a short reading. These readings are read, day by day, at community prayer in Taizé which can be found by clicking here.
  4. Take a few moments to reflect on the passage and what it might mean for you.
  5. Make your prayer in your own words to God who is with you always.
  6. Finish with the sign of the Cross.

 

You can follow the Taize community live at 7.20pm every evening on https://www.facebook.com/taize

A weekly podcast is available of a few minutes of prayer with song and a bible verse recorded live in Taizé, France by clicking here.

Weekly Meditation

Each week we will publish some multimedia resource to aid you in these periods of meditation.

Week 17 May to 24 May:

“Woman, you are set free from your infirmity” Luke 13: 10-13

Listen to Sister Lorella, Sister of Saint Andrew, speak about Luke 13:10-13, Jesus heals a crippled woman. 

Questions for reflection:

  1. In my life, where do I get the impression there is a call for me to move forward, to pass from discouragement to trust?
  2. What call do I feel there is for our societies?
  3. Looking back at the past days, could I recognise the presence of God in my daily life, paying attention to me, paying attention to his people?

Week 9 May to 16 May:

“See, I am doing a new thing”. Commentary by Brother Combo on living through crisis.  NB: You will need to turn on English captions.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Isaiah 43:18-19

Questions for reflection:

  1. What helps me to live during this moment of crisis and why?
  2. Which activities were I was doing before the crisis and would like to continue? Which I would I like to stop? For which reasons?
  3. What are the key messages (of encouragement, peace, questioning, etc.) that I would like to share with others?