We Are Blessed and We Can Bless

Encountering Divine Love was the theme of the recent annual retreat of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. It was facilitated by Kathleen Storms, SSND I am still meditating with and pondering the insights, meditations and gifts of that week. My heart is overflowing and I want to share its blessings. After some reflection I decided to share the “Beatitudes Inspired by Laudato Si” given on the final day and it includes the week. Kathleen and others wrote them and they are not copyrighted. She encouraged us to share them freely and I hope you will too!

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Blessed are those who heal the wounded Earth, for they will be restored to right relationship with all of Creation.

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Blessed are those who hold the space for dialogue with the natural world, God and each other, for they will hear the fullness of life.

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Blessed are those who repent for life lost at human hands, for they will be forgiven by the cosmic Christ.

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Blessed are those who enter into relationship with the natural world for they will know the intrinsic value of all of God’s creation.

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Blessed are those who discern the voice of creation, for they shall receive the will of God in the language not our own.

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Blessed are those who see with the eyes of their heart, for their vision will imagine the potential for new life to emerge.

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Blessed are those who nurture the needs of the living and non-living world, for they will be nourished in body and spirit.

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Blessed are those who live simply, for their discipline will bring harmony with the rhythms of life.

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Blessed are those who cultivate a life of prayer, for they will know an inner cosmos that honors the outer world.

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Blessed are those who participate in civic affairs, for they will bring the cry and song of the earth to systems of power and policy.

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Blessed are those who practice Gratitude, for they will receive the gift of abundance.

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They are the Blessings of a lifetime, may they bless you over and over and over again. I hesitate to add more but feel urged to do so…

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Blessed are those who surround our world, our government, the Democratic and Republican parties, Donald Trump and Joe Biden with Love, they shall know a Peace beyond understanding!

Sister Ann Winters