Enlighten: Beannacht

A Blessing, especially for St. Patrick’s Day:

Today, enjoy this poem and blessing from the late poet and priest John O’Donohue.  The blessing follows in words, images, and if you follow the link, read in his own voice.  As you listen and read and reflect: may each of us find the light and the blessing, even as you walk through the shadow spaces of memory in your own life:


On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

Listen:  John O’Donohue: Beannacht

[reference link: http://www.onbeing.org/program/inner-landscape-beauty/feature/beannacht/1128]

IMG_0613Photos by Sarah Price:  (upper) Mountain Sorrel, grounds of Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Berkeley, CA); (lower) Stained Glass Windows at Grace Cathedral (San Francisco, CA)


5 thoughts on “Enlighten: Beannacht

  1. This is beautiful and very much what I have been experiencing. I have been somewhat aware of age creeping up on me as my aches keep growing and keeping me from some things that I love to do. Yet, there is such a beauty around me that the aches don’t seem so bad.
    Today I was doing the dishes and I looked out my kitchen window. The sky was quite dark but there was a spot of cloud that had turned white around the edges and against the darkness, it just popped out at me. It was so beautiful, but as I continued to watch the sky, it became brighter and brighter and the bluest of blues appeared between the clouds. Breath taking! Then as I continued to watch, there was a constant changing from dark to light and all the shades between. This is just like our lives and so we can live to the fullest whether it is a bright time or a dark time, knowing that it is not constant but just a little time in our lives and there is much to look forward to and to be ready to embrace the change.

    • What a beautiful reflection on the moments where a, “flock of colours, indigo, red, green, and azure blue, come to awaken in you a meadow of delight.” God presents to us in the simple, ordinary moments amid our days, touching us exactly as we are with the splendor of divine love and grace.

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