The first of January is the World Day of Peace. There will be ecumenical Prayer for Peace, especially for Syria, Iraq and the Middle East, celebrated by Dompropst Tobias Przytarski of the Archdiocese of Berlin and Subdeacon Amill Gorgis of the Syrian Orthodox Church, on Monday 1 January 2018 at 16:00 at St. Marien-Liebfrauen-Kirche, Wrangelstr. 50–51, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg, near U-Bahnhof Schlesisches Tor (U1).
There will be Ecumenical Bible Weeks in Neu-Westend (in German) studying the Song of Solomon:
“If we want to see things changed, it starts with prayer. It starts with a new spirit of prayer, using all the traditions, ancient and modern. When it comes, it will be linked to what has gone before, but it will look different – because it is a new renewal for new times. God’s created community is perfectly designed for its time and place. It almost always comes from below. It comes from Christians seeking Christ.” Archbishop Justin Welby
As we learn to lay our ego aside –the most efficient way of doing that I think is meditation – life presents us with innumerable opportunities to do it. Meditation is our choice to do this. And of course, once we have got used to doing it in meditation, it becomes easier to do it in daily life. We are able, for example, just to recognise what is taking over, what is controlling us with fear, with anger, with jealousy with bitterness, with whatever, the desire to control or possess. So we notice that and we say, ‘Ah I see that going on in my mind; I have to control it, I have to recognise it, and I have to bite my tongue, or I have to not send that email immediately, or I have to wait before I have that discussion.’ That’s self-control, which is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, fruits of meditation. If we can’t control the ego, then the ego will control us. Finding Oneself 1 by Laurence Freeman, Meditatio Series 2017C