Monday Morning Blues

It seems to be a feature of modern life that many people regard Monday morning with a slight inward shrinking if not downright distaste. Monday means a resumption of daily toil, obedience to timetables not of one’s own choosing and a mournful re-engagement with all that was left undone on Friday. In Britain at least, the weather is either much worse than it was on Sunday, thus adding to the general gloom, or infinitely better, compounding the sense of reluctance we feel. Yet Monday is really no worse than any other day of the week. The problem, surely, is that we cannot quite convince ourselves of that.

Neither St Benedict nor St Thomas Aquinas, whose feast this is, seems to offer much help. The Father of Western Monasticism continues serenely on his way, urging us to be on the alert for God in every situation, while the Doctor Angelicus invites us to concentrate on the reality of truth and virtue, subjects perhaps too abstract for those suffering from Monday Morning Blues. There are, however, two other titles given to St Thomas that are revealing. He is known as the Doctor Communis because for many centuries his status as theologian and philosopher was unrivalled in the Catholic Church; while Pope St John Paul II called him Doctor Humanitatis because of his sensitivity and openness to the value of all cultures. Perhaps we too need to cultivate a little more openness, not just to people but to the possibilities that this new day offers.

It may seem difficult, but Monday morning offers us all an opportunity we did not have before. We may be reluctant to admit that or too bound up in our own misery to open our eyes to it. There is no guilt in that, but maybe we could try a little exercise in alternative thinking and seeing which would give us a different perspective. Invert the colours on your computer display (which you can do via the accessibility feature) and you will discover that blue converts to a warm and welcoming orange. Perhaps that is the true colour of Monday morning.

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5 thoughts on “Monday Morning Blues”

  1. I do not do ”Public !” Sorry. However , I do enjoy reading all your blogs that I get on my Kindle Fire , they bring me great Pease. Thank you. I also hope most sincerely that you are keeping as well as possible. I do emails ,as they are just between the two people concerned.

  2. Thank you! I was raised catholic (went to catho. then convent school in Oz 50 yrs ago, convent’s a long story lol) and am now Quaker in UK by way of Unitarian in US. But I’m open to insights even in ye olde church. I’m also an amateur medievalist living in East Anglia, which u must know was shaped by clerics.

  3. For me, having retired nearly 10 years ago, decisions such as work or agenda’s are a thing of the past. Monday morning is spent in a quiet church, open to allow others to come to pray, to light a candle or even share some tea, coffee or chat with those of us who are trained and willing to listen without any judgement to anyone who enters and wants a chat.

    Those who come are in the majority, alone, perhaps bereaved or troubled in some way, needing a quiet, safe space, some are those who are seeking something, some are asking questions or seeking help. Some might even be not coping well with a Monday, or any d ay of the week.

    Just being there, open, available, prepared to listen, not judging, but welcoming is what we do. Sometimes these conversations open up possibilities, or allow us to let them work out for themselves the answers they seek. Sometimes we can signpost them to a particular service or organisation that might help, sometimes we just respond in prayer, for or with them.

    God is present, in our Sacred space, and is with them, even though they might not recognise it. We have the privilege to reveal him to them, just by being charitable and
    showing Gods love by our actions.

    This isn’t Rocket science, its a ministry of presence which allows time and space and hopefully lets some light into sometimes quite dark situations.

    So, Blue Monday can be a time of change, respite and hope. Perhaps people feeling blue, might consider just going into a church, any church, open and sit and just be and allow God’s love to surround them in his peace – perhaps it should be on prescription along with other services – and of course, its free with the only cost being having the courage to enter.

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