Hidden Things revealed at special day

By Wendy Shaw

A day of prayer and reflection for women was an opportunity for participants to examine their love for Jesus.

About 35 women from around the state attended the Hidden Things reflection day at the Emmanuel Centre in Launceston last month.

Two Catholic women – Belinda Chapman, of George Town, and Maureen O’Halloran, of Ulverstone – led the day.

Mrs Chapman explained: “The reflection focused on the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair (Luke 7:36-38a).

Reflecting on Jesus’ love: Belinda Chapman, of George Town, and Maureen O’Halloran, of Ulverstone, lead the Hidden Things reflection day in Launceston. Photo contributed.

“Her deep love for and trust in Jesus the Christ, as revealed in the text, was used as an invitational springboard for participants to reflect on their own love for Jesus, and His love for them.

“Opportunity was given for silence, prayer and creative activity to facilitate a sacred space in which to encounter Jesus.”

One of the participants, Launceston Catholic parishioner Kathy Cuthbertson, described it as a rewarding and uplifting event.

“It was an opportunity to share a special day with other women,” Mrs Cuthbertson said. “It deepened my faith.”

The ‘Hidden Things’ title comes from Jeremiah 33:3: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

Mrs Chapman said the day came about as a result of the facilitators hearing a yearning in women for more spiritual nourishment. This is the first time the two lay women have collaborated to present a reflection day and they are hopeful that similar days of prayer and a weekend retreat will take place in 2022.

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