Today was the final discernment day where the Brothers spent the day in prayerful reflection, seeking to know where the Spirit was leading them in choosing to opt for the Indian or Zambian cluster. The morning prayer was based on the reflection by John O’Donohue For a New Beginning which goes like this:
For a New Beginning
In out-of- the- way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
and out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
The main focus of the discernment was on ‘Spiritual Indifference’ and each Brother was given a page on this concept together with other suggestions for their day of recollection.