Tiddley Pom Moments

Some people will be thinking, ‘She should be writing about St Patrick.’ But I’ve done that many times before, so if you are feeling in need of Patrick material, may I suggest you revisit this 2014 post about St Patrick and slavery, which is, sadly, still topical. Today I want to write about tiddley pom moments — those fleeting intervals of time when we pass from one thing to another and allow ourselves a second or two of elation, a brief sense of mission accomplished. They are actually quite important. They give us time to register that one task is finished before another is begun. Monastic life is full of them because we have the habit of praying before we begin to do anything and after we have finished doing so. I suspect they contribute as much to our psychological health as they do to our spiritual well-being. A tiddley pom moment lets us say thank you, lets us give glory to God and rejoice in his presence. St Benedict urged that monastic life should always have a Lenten character, should always be pure and joyful and grateful. Is it so very strange, therefore, that I think Lent should be full of tiddley pom moments?

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