Alleluia. The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth: Come let us adore him. Alleluia.
John O’Donohue: Irish poet, author, priest, and philosopher, writes in this excerpt from his piece “A Morning Offering”:
I place on the altar of dawn:
The quiet loyalty of breath,
The tent of thought where I shelter,
Wave of desire I am shore to
And all beauty drawn to the eye.
May my mind come alive today
To the invisible geography
That invites me to new frontiers,
To break the dead shell of yesterdays,
To risk being disturbed and changed.
May I have the courage today
To live the life that I would love,
To postpone my dream no longer
But do at last what I came here for
And waste my heart on fear no more.
Over the last two weeks I have been blessed to be a part of the Celebration of Life for two incredible human beings. Both lived passionate lives focused on healing, wholeness and helping others imagine a life beyond their immediate circumstances.
Both of these occasions have caused me to ponder deeply about the “new frontiers” John O’Donohue writes about. And the “dead shell of yesterday” I need to break, and how willing am I to “risk being disturbed and changed.”
Paul’s words give me strength: “May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” Romans 15:13