Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est
Wherever there is true compassion and love, that’s where God is.
On Saturday I listened to the boys’ choir my daughter-in-law conducts, sing a beautiful version of this hymn which dates back to the fourth century. It brought back some wonderful memories.
In Hong Kong we attended a church called Tao Fong Shan or Mountain of the Christ Wind. We always sang the taize version of the ubi caritas hymn as our final parting song after our communal meal. The song was a blessing for people as they left the church each Sunday. We were to remember that no matter where we went in the coming week we would find God whenever we witnessed or expressed true compassion and love.