“Deepen our SCN spirituality through contemplation, mysticism and theological development.”
Directive – General Assembly 2008
I ask for a moment’s indulgence to sit by Thy side. The works
that I have in hand I will finish afterwards.
Away from the sight of Thy face my heart knows no rest nor respite,
and my work becomes an endless toil in a shoreless sea of toil.
Today the summer has come at my window with its sighs and murmurs; and
the bees are plying their minstrelsy at the court of the flowering grove.
Now it is time to sit quiet, face to face with Thee, and to sing
dedication of life in this silent and overflowing leisure.
From Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore. He was born in Calcutta, India into a wealthy Brahmin family and was a writer, playwright, songwriter, poet, philosopher and educator. Through his writings a glimpse of the mysticism and beauty of Indian culture was revealed to the West. In 1913, Tagore received the Nobel Prize for literature. He was the first non-westerner to be so honored. Overnight he was famous and began world lecture tours promoting inter-cultural harmony and understanding. He wrote India’s national anthem.