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Benedictus (John O’Donohue)

There is a quiet light that shines in every heart.
It draws no attention to itself though it is always secretly there.
It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty,
our desire to seek possibility and our hearts to love life.

Without this subtle quickening our days would be empty and wearisome,
and no horizon would ever awaken our longing.
Our passion for life is quietly sustained from somewhere in us
that is wedded to the energy and excitement of life.
This shy inner light is what enables us to recognize and
receive our very presence here as blessing.
We enter the world as strangers who all at once become heirs
to a harvest of memory, spirit, and dream
that has long preceded us and will now enfold, nourish, and sustain us.

John O’Donohue (Benedictus)