‘Take heed, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget …’ These words are from our Old Testament reading, from Deuteronomy. St Benedict picks up this theme in the Holy Rule in this way: ‘The first degree of humility, then, is that a man keep the fear of God before his eyes, altogether shunning forgetfulness’. Oblivion has no part in the life of prayer and, indeed, the Christian life in general, which is built upon ‘remembrance’ and ‘memory’ – ‘Do this in memory of me’. We do well to reflect on the means, sometimes only very small, that we employ to seek ‘forgetfulness’. May we choose remembering, however painful that may be, and so find wholeness and peace. May God bless you this day.