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

January 6, 2016

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

November 7, 2014

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

October 7, 2013

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 they see or imagine can [...]