Lent is often a time for quiet reflection, following Jesus into the wilderness and exploring who we are. However, sometimes the wilderness can be a lonely and disconcerting place, at those times I think of this blessing from John O’Donohue which reminds me that God loves me and has resonances too of the words spoken to Jesus at his baptism – This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3.17).
May you recognize in your life the presence,
Power and light of your soul.
May you realize that you are never alone,
That your soul in its brightness and belonging
Connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
May you have respect for your individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
That you have a special destiny here,
That behind the façade of your life
There is something beautiful and eternal happening.
May you learn to see your self
With the same delight,
Pride and expectation
With which God sees you in every moment.
John O’Donohue Benedictus London: Bantam Press, 2007, p127.