Tube News | 18th March

Tubestation Polzeath
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Brther Richard, of the Capuchin Franciscans  
Lockdown

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death....
But...


They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other 
across the empty squares, 
keeping their windows open 
so that those who are alone 
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know 
is busy spreading fliers with her number 
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples 
are preparing to welcome 
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality


To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So we pray and we remember that...
Yes there is fear.

But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
 Spring is coming,

And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able 
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.
Psalm 30.5
                   'Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the morning'

CAFE, RADISH AND SUNDAY SESSIONS

Following the advice we have been given by our government, we have made the decision to close the cafe and cancel Sunday sessions for the foreseeable future. All small group gatherings including Radish have also been cancelled and we encourage you to avoid unessential interactive activity and self quarantine where possible to support our NHS and government who are working hard to keep this virus under control. 
 
Amongst everything that is going on around us, and as we find ourselves with a lot of time at home we encourage you to think about the 5 steps of wellbeing. Limit your time watching the news and spend time doing this that will keep your mind, body and soul active. 

Each week we will bring your attention to each of the 5 steps of well-being and how you can be keeping active from within your homes.
Stay Active
A simple workout plan for all ages that can be done from your own. Another way to help your mental health, by keeping your body fit and healthy.
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