This time of year with the shortening hours of day light, the anticipated stress of the holidays, and remembering those we love who have died can be a time of sadness.
May our sadness awaken with us an ever deepening appreciation for the present moment, and an increased urgency to share our love with one another… with those we love and with those we have yet to love.
Here is a poem from the beloved philosopher, theologian, priest, and writer John O’Donohue, entitled “Celebrating and Sending Love”, from his book on Celtic wisdom, “Anam Cara“, in the chapter entitled “Wounded Love” .
A person should always offer a prayer of graciousness for the love that has awakened in them. When you feel love for your beloved and his or her love for you, now and again you should offer the warmth of your love as a blessing for those who are damaged and unloved. Send that love out into the world to people who are desperate; to those who are starving; to those who are trapped in prison; in hospitals and all the brutal terrains of bleak and tormented lives. When you send that love out from the bountifulness of your own love, it reaches other people. This love is the deepest power of prayer.