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Last night, I attended the second ‘Lenten Opportunity’ put together by the New Evangelisation team (NET) for those in the Catholic deanery of Hereford. There was an unexpectedly high turn out, around 80 people, on a cold March evening and we gathered first in the new chapel at St Mary’s High School for prayer. After reciting two versions, one ancient and one modern of the well known psalm 23, The Lord is My Shepherd, the Deacon called for a time of silent prayer. The chapel was full and there was absolute silence. There was an air of expectation which was so powerful.

Then we headed for the main room where we viewed an episode from Fr Robert Barron’s DVD series ‘Catholicism’. The topic was ‘Why believe in God’.

Later in the evening, I thought back to the prayerful silence and wondered if there had been a similar atmosphere in the Upper Room as the disciples waited for the for the Holy Spirit to descend upon them. In our busy world, we rarely have time to be silent, but it is the most beautiful form of prayer I know.