excerpted from a private session with permission
Michael: Location: 17th century France An old priest was prone to depression and the responsibilities of daily life became difficult due to war time influences. She had married at a young age and was forced into maternal duties which were in fact against her desires but “required” by the husband at the age of 13, and by the time she was 20 she had 5 offspring all quite young. The living environment was in squalor and food was scarce. The priest found a nearby chapel which she sought often to escape to, and when it was possible she would sit quietly, reflecting on the nature of God and compassion. Although these times were infrequent, they were true in nature (contemplative repose) and provided a much needed relief to stress and fear for the survival of herself and her children, following which she was able to return to her “duties” with more calm and grace.