BLESSING: My Prayer, by Helen Steiner Rice

From A Collection of Blessings Bless me, Heavenly Father— Forgive my erring ways. Grant me strength to serve thee; Put purpose in my days. Give me understanding, Enough to make me kind, So I may judge all people With my heart and not my mind. Teach me to be patient in everything I do, Content to trust your wisdom And to follow after you. Help me when I falter, and hear me when I pray, And receive me in thy kingdom To dwell with thee [...]

BLESSING: Traditional Celtic Blessing, adapted by Ray Simpson

From A Forgiving Heart This soul did little good to me, O Lord, but this soul was yours. So to this soul I say: I bless the day you were born. I bless your growing up. I bless you, even in your dark deeds. And I bless you, soul, at your end. Travel to the God who transforms. Travel to the Arms so wide. Travel to the Spirit all [...]

BLESSING: To Learn From Animal Being, by John O’Donohue

From: To Bless the Space Between Us Nearer to the earth’s heart, Deeper within its silence: Animals know this world In a way we never will. We who are ever Distanced and distracted By the parade of bright Windows thought opens: Their seamless presence Is not fractured thus. Stranded between time Gone and time emerging, We manage seldom To be where we are: Whereas they are always Looking out from The here and now. May we learn to return And rest in the beauty Of animal being, Learn to lean low, Leave our locked minds, And with freed senses Feel the earth Breathing with us. May we enter Into lightness of spirit, And slip frequently into The feel of the wild. Let the clear silence Of our animal being Cleanse our hearts Of corrosive words. [...]

BLESSING: What Fire Comes To Sing In You, by Jan Richardson

From: The Cure for Sorrow This blessing had big ideas about what it wanted to say, what it wanted you to know, to see. This blessing wanted to open your eyes to the joy that lives in such strange company with sorrow— wanted to make sure to tell you, lest you forget, that no matter how long it seems absent, no matter how quiet it becomes, joy has never been far from you, holding a space of celebration, watching for you, humming as it keeps vigil. But now that it comes time to speak it— comes time to lay these words on your brow, your beating heart— all this blessing can think to say is Look— your life a candle, this day a match. Strike it and see what blazes, what fire comes to sing in [...]

BLESSING: Blessings, by J. Janda

From The Embrace Blessed be the shy blessed be the gentle blessed be the meek blessed be the mild blessed be the courteous blessed be the reverent blessed be the humble for theirs is the kingdom of heaven blessed be the scorned blessed be the rejected blessed be the outcast blessed be the mocked for all illusions as nightmares must pass but what shall remain is each soul’s light flashing forth from the Father of Light ringed in constellations of light now and forever [...]

BLESSING: Blessing Of The Resurrection, by Peter John Cameron

From: Blessing Prayers Word of God Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in Heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)  Litany of Resurrection Graces Lord Jesus, by your Resurrection you have reconciled all people to God.  Risen Savior, stay with me. Lord Jesus, when you rose from the dead you blessed us with the Easter gift of peace.  Risen Savior, stay with me. Lord Jesus, by your rising you restored us to friendship with the [...]

BLESSING: For Those Who Have Far To Travel, by Jan Richardson

From Circle of Grace A Blessing for Epiphany If you could see the journey whole, you might never undertake it, might never dare the first step that propels you from the place you have known toward the place you know not. Call it one of the mercies of the road: that we see it only by stages as it opens before us, as it comes into our keeping, step by single step. There is nothing for it but to go, and by our going take the vows the pilgrim takes: to be faithful to the next step; to rely on more than the map; to heed the signposts of intuition and dream; to follow the star that only you will recognize; to keep an open eye for the wonders that attend the path; to press on beyond distractions, beyond fatigue, beyond what would tempt you from [...]

MYSTICISM: The Blessing Attributed To Saint Clare

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May he show his face to you and be merciful to you.  May he turn his countenance to you and give you peace. I, Clare, a handmaid of Christ, a little plant of our holy Father Francis, a sister and mother of you and the other Poor Sisters, although unworthy, ask our Lord Jesus Christ, through his mercy and through the intercession of his most holy mother, Mary, of blessed Michael the Archangel, and all the holy angels of God, and of all his men and women saints, that the Heavenly Father give you and confirm for you this most holy blessing in Heaven and on Earth.  On Earth, may he increase his grace and virtues among his servants [...]

PRAYER: A Blessing For Terrorists

by Pierre Pradervand I bless those who are tempted to commit terrorist acts,whether out of despair, hatred, fear, lust for power, or any other tormented human motive. I bless them in their integrity, that they may discover that the wholeness in themselves cannot be reached at the cost of the wholeness of others. I bless them in their realization that love is the ultimate law governing the universe and mankind, and that their deepest honest longings can only be reached through the law of love. I bless them in their awareness that, deep down, they are children of the light, and that terrorist schemes are but an inversion of the light with no true cause, substance, or law behind them. I bless them in their understanding that the darkness [...]

PRAYER: A Friendship Blessing (Includes The Anam Ċara), by John O’Donohue

From Anam Ċara A Friendship Blessing May you be blessed with good friends. May you learn to be a good friend to yourself. May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling, and forgiveness. May this change you. May it transfigure that which is negative, distant, or cold in you. May you be brought in to the real passion, kinship, and affinity of belonging. May you treasure your friends. May you be good to them and may you be there for them; may they bring you all the blessing, challenges, truth, and light that you need for your journey. May you never be isolated. May you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam ċara.  The Anam Ċara In the Celtic tradition, there is a [...]

POETRY: For Eros, by John O’Donohue

When you love, May you feel the joy Of your heart coming alive As your lover’s gaze Lands on your eyes, Holding them, Like the weight of a kiss, Deepening. May the words of love Reach you and fluster Your held self, The way a silhouette of breeze Excites a meadow. When you are touched, May it be the gentleness You desire, Your lover’s hands sending Each caress deep into your skin Like a discovering glance. May slow sequences Of kisses discover Your secret echoes. May your desire flow free And never be fettered By the thorn-chains Of old guilt Or crippled touch. May you feel How your soul loves When your skin glows, And your eyes darken When promise ripens. In the gaze of your lover, May you see clearer In the mirror Of your own being. [...]

POETRY: For A New Home, by John O’Donohue

May this house shelter your life. When you come home here, May all the weight of the world Fall from your shoulders. May your heart be tranquil here, Blessed by peace the world cannot give. May this home be a lucky place, Where the graces your life desires Always find the pathway to your door. May nothing destructive Ever cross your threshold. May this be a safe place Full of understanding and acceptance, Where you can be as you are, Without the need of any mask Of pretense or image. May this home be a place of discovery, Where the possibilities that sleep In the clay of your soul can emerge To deepen and refine your vision For all that is yet to come to birth. May it be a house of courage, Where healing and growth are loved, Where dignity [...]

POETRY: For a New Beginning, by John O’Donohue

In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire, Feeling the emptiness growing inside you, Noticing how you willed yourself on, Still unable to leave what you had outgrown. It watched you play with the seduction of safety And the gray promises that sameness whispered, Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent, Wondered would you always live like this. Then the delight, when your courage kindled, And out you stepped onto new ground, Your eyes young again with energy and dream, A path of plenitude opening before you. Though your destination is not yet clear You can trust the promise of [...]

POETRY: A Blessing For One Who Is Exhausted, by John O’Donohue

When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic, Time takes on the strain until it breaks; Then all the unattended stress falls in On the mind like an endless, increasing weight, The light in the mind becomes dim. Things you could take in your stride before Now become laborsome events of will. Weariness invades your spirit. Gravity begins falling inside you, Dragging down every bone. The tide you never valued has gone out. And you are marooned on unsure ground. Something within you has closed down; And you cannot push yourself back to life. You have been forced to enter empty time. The desire that drove you has relinquished. There is nothing else to do now but rest And patiently learn to receive the self You have forsaken for the race of days. [...]

POETRY: A Blessing Of Angels, by John O’Donohue

May the Angels in their beauty bless you. May they turn toward you streams of blessing. May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart To come alive to the eternal within you, To all the invitations that quietly surround you. May the Angel of Healing turn your wounds Into sources of refreshment. May the Angel of the Imagination enable you To stand on the true thresholds, At ease with your ambivalence And drawn in new direction Through the glow of your contradictions. May the Angel of Compassion open your eyes To the unseen suffering around you. May the Angel of Wildness disturb the places Where your life is domesticated and safe, Take you to the territories of true otherness Where all that is awkward in you Can fall into its own rhythm. May [...]