The act of thanking God turns an everyday occurrence into something holy. When we pause and offer a blessing in silence, we pay attention to life’s ordinary moments, consecrate them, and imbue them with meaning. When we join and bless a meal, we remind ourselves that it is a gift from the earth and the labor of others. When we bless others in the name of God, we are recognizing that they are blessed by God. Blessing animals recognizes their place in sacred creation; blessing fields recognizes their fruitfulness. These simple rituals help us consecrate our daily routines and bring us intouch with their deeper meaning. Blessings remind us that our lives are full of moments waiting to be lived fully. They make the everyday a sacred experience.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Create your own rituals of mindful blessing.
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.
Before I give you a blessing, I ask you for a favor: I want you to bless me.
A blessing is a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal and strengthen.
All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding His life we find that He is the best example.
Saint Teresa of Avila
We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and God is shining through it all the time.
To give someone a blessing is the most significant affirmation we can offer.
Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
The little yellow flowers that nobody notices on the edge of that road are saints looking up into the face of God.
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
Maybe it’s not about having a beautiful day, but about finding beautiful moments.
The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
There is just wonder right in front of us, and we don’t spend enough time thinking about it.
May 5th is World Labyrinth Day. This year the Labyrinth Society is celebrating the day by asking everyone throughout the world who has access to a labyrinth to walk the labyrinth specifically for peace. There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. It is simply a prayerful walk to the center, a short time of gratitude at the center, and a prayerful walk back out to the world around us. On May 5th, however, we will know that we are walking for peace in union with hundreds of others throughout the world.