December 23, 2023: Christmas Blessings
from John O'Donohue & John Dear
A Christmas Blessing by John O'Donohue
May the Angels in their beauty bless you.
May they turn toward you streams of blessing.
May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart
To come alive to the eternal within you,
To all the invitations that quietly surround you.
May the Angel of Healing turn your wounds
Into sources of refreshment.
May the Angel of the Imagination enable you
To stand on the true thresholds,
At ease with your ambivalence
And drawn in new direction
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 given gift
To the threshold where its infinity can shine.
May all the Angels be your sheltering
and joyful guardians.
Dear friends of the Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus,
On this Christmas weekend, I send every blessing of Christmas to you and yours and everyone as we celebrate the birth and life of the nonviolent Jesus!
In this world of permanent war, injustice, and destruction, he comes with his Christmas gift of peace on earth, calling us to the wisdom and way of universal love, universal compassion, and total nonviolence. He teaches us his Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount, then shows us how to go forth and live them out as “lambs in the midst of wolves” who proclaim God’s reign of nonviolence at hand right this moment, that we might all become who we already are—God’s beloved sons and daughters, peacemakers!
May this Christmas be a time of renewal, prayer, hope, and grace for each one of you, that we might recommit ourselves to the Way of universal love and total nonviolence and live out vocations as peacemakers more than ever in the new year.
May the God of peace inspire each one of us to welcome that Christmas gift of peace on earth as never before, that we might always live out the gift of Christmas and spread the way of universal love and Gospel nonviolence every day from now on.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! In peace, faith, hope, & love,