Ubi caritas

Ubi caritas et amor is a Gregorian hymn. There is something about this kind of music that is very grounding, very atmospheric, reverential, peaceful and therefore focusing and clearing of the mind. My musical version of choice is the choral a cappella setting by Maurice Duruflé. Here is the Latin text:

Ubi caritas et amor,
Deus ibi est.

Congregavit nos in unum
Christi amor.
Exsultemus, et in ipso iucundemur.
Timeamus, et amemus
Deum vivum.
Et ex corde diligamus nos sincero.



I do not speak or understand much Latin but it is interesting to listen to it, to hear it; I find it fascinating trying to figure out the translation from the word roots we recognise which have been borrowed into forming our own language (English).

In a word – in today’s mad, busy world – Pax.

I love music. Music is my meditation.

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