For everything under the sun there is a time.
This is the season of your awkward harvesting,
When the pain takes you where you would rather not go…
May you be blessed with a wise and compassionate guide
Who can accompany you through the fear and grief
Until your heart has wept its way to your true self.
As your tears fall over that wounded place,
May they wash away your hurt and free your heart.
May your forgiveness still the hunger of the wound
So that for the first time you can walk away from that place,
Reunited with your banished heart, now healed and freed,
And feel the clear, free air bless your new face.
John O’Donohue, For Someone Awakening to the Trauma of His or Her Past
To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
As you have often heard me say, if you do not transform your pain, you will most assuredly transmit it. Healthy religion on the practical level tells us what to do with our pain—because we will have pain. We can’t avoid it; it’s part of life. If we’re not trained in letting go of it, transforming it, turning crucifixion into resurrection, so to speak, we’ll hand it off to our family, to our children, to our neighborhood, to our nation.
Richard Rohr, Daily Meditation 12/18/2020, Letting Go is Liberation
The day has not yet fully begun
The sun has not yet risen
It is the dawning time
When one’s heart and soul and mind slowly rouse
And prepare to face to day
It is that time when one stares into the darkness
Watching as the light slowly dawns
And the world is slowly revealed
What will this day bring?
As the darkness dissolves what will be revealed?
What I have come to learn is that my day will be profoundly shaped
by what I carry into it
by what clings to me
if I carry into this day resentment and anger
this day will be full of affronts and outrage
my soul will be dis-eased
and I will be one who spreads the virus
hurt and fear
if I walk into the day
having taken the time to connect with Sacred Presence
Having drunk deeply from the spring of living Water
that is God’s love
If I have let Love wash through me,
And empower me
So that I have let go
Of hurt and fear and resentment
If I have faced my pain, touched it
And let God transform it, heal it
If I have let the power of Life turn death into life
Pain into forgiveness
Crucifixion into resurrection,
Then I will be healed and freed
And I will find, in this day
Hope, Peace, Joy, and yes, Love
This day is just being born
The light is just beginning to dawn
The world is taking shape
What kind of a day is it going to be?
It’s Heaven all the way to Heaven and it’s Hell all the way to Hell. We are in Heaven now by falling, by letting go, and by trusting and surrendering to this deeper, broader, and better reality that is already available to us. We’re in Hell now by wrapping ourselves around our hurts, by over-identifying with and attaching ourselves to our fears, so much so that they become our very identity.
Richard Rohr, Daily Meditation 12/18/2020