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The centre of the Oasis is the small chapel, which has a well as its centerpiece. This is a reminder of the passage in John’s Gospel, chapter four, where Jesus encounters the woman of Samaria. Jesus said: Whoever drinks the water I give will never thirst. (Jn 4:14). In this conversation with the Samaritan woman as she came to draw water at Jacob's well, Jesus shows us that He comes to meet us wherever we are on our spiritual journey. He thirsts for our souls and for our love (Jn 19:28).
We invite all people, wherever they are on their spiritual journey, to come to find Him in the Oasis of Peace. An oasis is a place of refreshment within the desert, our hope is that time at the Oasis can help to provide people with the opportunity to be physically and spiritually refreshed. An oasis is a place where life may be saved. Today there is a desert of noise and worldly preoccupations; here you can find peace, rest and time to contemplate in quiet the purpose of your life.
You may use the chapel alone or with a group for silence, reflection, prayer or adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. If you are lost in this busy life, seeking an inner peace, remember that Jesus said: My peace I leave you... a peace the world cannot give. (Jn 14:27).
Our hope is that having spent time at the Oasis of Peace in the presence of Jesus, lives will be transformed like the woman of Samaria who met Jesus at Jacob’s well. As she came to realize the importance of Jesus, becoming a believer and missionary, we hope that all who come to the well here will be similarly moved to have Jesus and his Gospel message at the centre of their lives
Prayer, with the opportunity for Adoration, is at the very heart of The Oasis since "Prayer is the life of the new heart. We must remember God more often than we draw breath. But we cannot at all times if we do not pray at specific times." (Catechism of The Catholic Church n. 2697).
We hope that all who come to The Oasis will find peace and be refreshed.
The words of Jesus to the Samaritan woman who he met at the well
Statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace privately donated and restored by Artizen Design www.artizendesign.co.uk/