Dona Nobis Pacem

a fallen angel in the Marais

Last night, a song that we have sung for the last few weeks at church, kept playing in my head. Do you know Dona Nobis Pacem? It means "give us peace." Right now, it seems to me that peace is the most important thing that we can pray/wish/ work for. Personal peace or world all has to start somewhere. I feel a "better and more peaceful me" when I go to church to sing, pray and think about how I can make a difference in the world.

My favourite children's book is Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. As a young girl, Alice is advised by her grandfather to travel the world and meet its people, to come home to live by the sea, and to find a way to make the world more beautiful. Good advice for those of us in our older years.

on the road to Compostella
I usually feel peaceful when I travel. It is more difficult to find peace at home and like Alice, I'm not sure how I can make the world a more beautiful place. I have been looking for volunteer opportunities to help with the refugees who will be coming and I may become a community mentor.
I really enjoy exposure to different cultures and I miss teaching so, hopefully, it will be a win/win.

My grandfather grew up near the church on Whalsay.


  1. Thank you for these timely reminders of the goodness and beauty that still exists in this world, if we look for it. I do know that beautiful hymn, although I haven't heard it for years. And Miss Rumohius is a favourite of mine as well.

  2. I just want to give you a hug, after reading this, to thank you for sharing the beauty in your heart.


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