Recently I went on retreat held by the Bede Griffiths Sangha UK. Fr Bede Griffiths’ life’s work was to set up an ashram in Kerala where Christian spirituality could be explored through the insights of Eastern philosophy and religious practice that have grown out of the Veda-s. At the centre of this shrine is Rublev’s famous icon known as the Hospitality of Abraham which is taken to be a representation of the mystical trinity of Christianity. There is a space at the front of the icon which signals an invitation to enter in. Below the icon is a piece of tree branch representing the cross of Christ which is the Christian symbol of undying love. On the left is the head of the Buddha and on the right a statue of the god Siva, both of which represent the two major religious strands that developed out of the Veda-s in India. Below Siva is Fr Bede, the person who recognised that these teachings could help to illuminate each other. He discovered that in the stillness of meditation we find common ground. This is why meditation is a practice of reconciliation – our differences dissolve into a shared, if diversely interpreted, truth.