A Blessing of Angels

lolo2My parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today.

As per their wish, there will be no grand celebration… just a simple mass.

There will be no elaborate meal prepared… just food for the soul.

They have bought no gifts… just their hands and love for one another.

They have come full circle, always with faith at the center of their lives.

So I offer them today A Blessing of Angels, as only John O’Donohue can write:

May the Angels in their beauty bless you.

May they turn towards you streams of blessing.

May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart

To come alive to the eternal within you,

To al the invitations that quietly surround you.

May the Angel of the Imagination enable you

To stand on the true thresholds;

At ease with your ambivalence

And drawn in your new directions

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 the Angel of Eros introduce you

To the beauty of your senses

To celebrate your inheritance

As a temple of the holy spirit.

May the Angel of Justice disturb you

To take the side of the poor and the wronged.

May the Angel of Encouragement confirm you

In worth and self-respect,

That you may live with the dignity

That presides in your soul.

May the Angel of Death arrive only

When your life is complete

And you have brought every gift

To the threshold where its infinity can shine.

May all the Angels be your sheltering

And joyful guardians.

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