At the beginning of each day,
after we open our eyes
to receive the light
of that day,
As we listen to the voices
that surround us,
We must resolve to treat each hour
as the rarest of gifts,
and be grateful for the consciousness
that allows us to experience it,
recalling in thanks
that our awareness is a present
from we know not where,
or how, or why.
When we rise from sleep let us rise for the joy
of the true Work that we will be about
and considerately cheer one another on.
Life will always provide matters for concern.
each day, however, brings with it reasons for
Every day carries the potential
to bring the experience of heaven;
have the courage to expect good from it.
Be gentle with this life,
and use the light of life
to live fully in your time.
John McQuiston –
Always We Begin Again – The Benedictine Way of Living
St. Benedict invites us to look at each day as a gift, a source of joy. Life being what it is, this may require an effort sometimes. If we are intentional in this practice, if we make it part of our “rule of life”, it will soon become a habit of the soul. Licia+