Frequencies of God: Walking through Advent with RS Thomas


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Frequencies of God: Walking through Advent with RS Thomas
by Carys Walsh

We are overloaded with words, data and information. Poetry helps to fire our imaginations, slow down our thinking and deepen our awareness of God in the world. Carys Walsh guides us through the Advent themes of waiting, accepting, journeying, birthing and seeing accompanied by the Welsh priest and poet R S Thomas (1913-2000) with reflections for each day leading to the great celebration of Christmas and beyond to Epiphany.

This year, amid pandemic, we can discover a new the grace and love of God revealed in Christ for all creation and why it is good to news to share.

The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan
Dean of Southwell

With the season of Advent, the coming of Christ is imminent, and following the contours of the season leads through a rich time of preparation for God-with-us in the Incarnation.

R. S. Thomas, a poet of waiting and anticipation, can be a profound guide for this season. His spiritual and poetic trajectory of discovering the presence of God – divine ‘frequencies’ – even in apparent absence, can help lead us into an Advent landscape of surrender, open-hearted discovery, epiphany and encounter.

This collection of 28 reflections on Thomas’s poetry travels through the season, and follows one of the traditional patterns of themes explored in each Sunday of Advent: a Carmelite pattern of waiting, accepting, journeying and birthing.

“Carys Walsh is an excellent guide. Her reflections are wise and informed. Her love of the poems translates into infectious, poignant and inspiriting commentaries for each day…” Mark Oakley