To encourage you today, Chaplain Silvana offers some simple words that are part of her current personal mantra. Their author was the late John O’Donohue, an Irish Catholic priest, teacher, and poet. He drew on his rich Celtic spiritual traditions to create poems, prayers, and blessings of inspiration and wisdom. For him, “blessings” were a way of life which had the power to transform the world. He brought his blessings into the liminal spaces of our lives: the time between the “what was” and “what will be next.” When we dwell in a liminal space, transformation can take place if we are willing to wait and let it shape us. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, or what our “new normal” after the pandemic might look like. But we ARE getting through this crisis apart-and-together. And perhaps such a perspective as this can help transform us on our life’s journey:
May I live this day
Compassionate of heart,
Clear in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.
JOHN O’DONOHUE, excerpt from “Matins” in Bless the Space Between Us
With this blessing, let’s do what we do…one day at a time!