After the Noise, the Silence

Sometimes it is enough just to offer another’s wisdom, prayerfully and poetically offered.  So, I offer these words from John O’Donohue, in this week filled with Fourth of July noise, that in the aftermath of our celebrating, filled with the joy of independence and national identity,  we might take some time after the noise has faded a bit to enter into the silence and, as we treasure our independence, to remember the One upon whom we always depend — and the One in whom all nations, and the whole human family, is brought together.

I arise today
In the name of Silence
Womb of the Word,
In the name of Stillness
Home of Belonging,
In the name of the Solitude
Of the Soul and the Earth.

I arise today
Blessed by all things,
Wings of breath,
Delight of eyes,
Wonder of whisper,
Intimacy of touch,
Eternity of soul,
Urgency of thought,
Miracle of health,
Embrace of God.

May I live this day
Compassionate of heart,
Gentle in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.

(John O’Donohue, in his book Anam Cara)

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