social spark Aisling Beatha: Blessings, Part 15


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Thursday, March 03, 2011

Blessings, Part 15

More traditional and biblical Blessings and Prayers for you:

Beatitude Blessings

• Blessed are those who are convinced of their basic dependency on God, whose lives are emptied of all that doesn't matter, those for whom the riches of this world just aren't that important.
        The Reign of heaven is theirs.
• Blessed are those who know that all they are is gift from God, and so they can be content with their greatness and their smallness, knowing themselves and being true to themselves.
        For they shall have the earth for their heritage.
• Blessed are those who wear compassion like a garment, those who have learned how to find themselves by losing themselves in an¬other's sorrow.
For they too shall receive comfort.
• Blessed are those who are hungry for goodness, those who never get enough of God and truth and righteousness.
        For they shall be satisfied.
• Blessed are the merciful, those who remember how much has been forgiven them, and are able to extend this forgiveness into the lives of others.
        For they too shall receive God's mercy.
• Blessed are those whose hearts are free and simple, those who have smashed all false images and are seeking honestly for truth.
        For they shall see God.
• Blessed are the creators of peace, those who build roads that unite rather than walls that divide, those who bless the world with the healing power of their presence.
        For they shall be called children of God.
• Blessed are those whose love has been tried, like gold, in the furnace and found to be precious, genuine, and lasting, those who have lived their belief out loud, no matter what the cost or pain.
        For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
                — From Seasons of Your Heart, by Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, p. 78

May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work you do,
with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing,
light and renewal to those who work with you
And to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
My it release within you wellsprings of refreshment,
inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden.
May dawn find you awake and alert,
Approaching your new day with dreams,
possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.
("Anam-Cara" , p. 200, John O'Donohue)

Standing in a circle, each extends a band in final blessing over group
R. May you love God with everything in your heart be it gladness or doubt, fear or playfulness. May you love deeply the people with whom you live and work, and may they love you.
L. May you never waver in the pursuit of justice and peace, giving your self in risk, creativity and thoughtfulness.
R. May you live with a spirit of forgiveness, mending what is broken and bridging what is separated.
L. May you remember all of the loved ones who have helped you fashion your life story.
R. May you take sadness into your heart holding it lightly till compassion is born - then, may you give your compassion away.
All: Go gently and joyfully in a spirit of truth, as witnesses of God's love. May God watch over you, Jesus walk with you, and the Spirit give you courage. Go forth and give new life!
Thanks be to God!

And no, we're still not finished, I told you I had collected a few didn't I?  Come back tomorrow to read more . . . . .

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