My 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.