The Final Prayer


The final morning prayer focused on love and on how the Brothers are being invited to connect with each other and to journey together into the future.  Below is the prayer used this morning.

When Love Awakens

When love awakens in your life,

in the night of your heart,

it is like the dawn breaking within you.

Where before there was anonymity,

now there is intimacy;

where before there was fear,

now there is courage;

where before in your life there was awkwardness,

now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness;

where before you used to be jagged,

now you are elegant

and in rhythm with your self.

When love awakens in your life,

it is like a rebirth,

a new beginning.

Once the soul awakens,

the search begins

and you can never go back.

From then on,

you are inflamed with a special longing

that will never again

let you linger in the lowlands of complacency

and partial fulfilment.

The eternal makes you urgent.

You are loath to let compromise

or the threat of danger

hold you back from striving

toward the summit of fulfilment.

John O’Donohue

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