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Nano and her Early Companions

The Congregational Leadership Team commissioned Mary Southard to create an image of of Nano and her early companions for the Jubilee year. The picture is reproduced here together with a reflection on it.

You are the light of the worldMatt:14

Nano and her early companions understood the Reign of God to be a place where humanity is invited to embrace a new way of living characterized by compassion and service, love and freedom. Responding to this invitation they came forth driven by a fierce fire within “ The word of Yahweh in my heart becomes like a fire burning deep within my bonesJer 20:9

These women of light were moved by an unquenchable passion and nourished by a deep faith and trust in Divinity who would not let them down no matter how dark or impossible the future looked: “....we must trust in Divine Providence....”, “ ....the Almighty is all sufficient.... ”.

Nano and her companions had a centredness in God and in themselves which gave them the inner strength and security to keep on despite the odds: “with the assistance of God we may do a great deal”. Yet, theirs was not a passive resignation but a calm acceptance of circumstances and an intuition and wisdom to find a way through seemingly insurmountable difficulties.

These valiant women began a movement for change in their time which goes on today as their followers take up the original energy field to respond with passionate commitment to those made poor and to the poor earth. One such example of their response was to invite fifty beggars to dinner on Christmas day.

Circling the earth today in their footsteps we are called to become the light, to partake in the Divine nature in concrete and tangible ways. As we live the life to which we have been called we help to create a hospitable environment that enables others to respond, unable to resist the love that resonates around them.

The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of the soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy towards others, both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it.”  Clarissa Pinkola Estes (Do Not Lose Heart)

The picture and the reflection may be downloaded by clicking here.