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Msgr. Esseff prepares for the final day of the retreat for this group of Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity. On this day, he will ask their angels to accompany them in a special way to aid them on their journey home and in the work that is ahead of them with the poorest of the poor. He discusses the 9 choirs of the angels. He offers the teachings of Bl. Duns Scotus concerning the possible fall of the angels. And in a particular manner he shares the work of the Seraphim and Cherubim, and our Guardian Angels. He concludes by offering a beautiful Angel Blessing composed by the late Fr. John O’Donohue
“May the Angels in their beauty bless you.
May they turn toward you streams of blessing.
May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart
To come alive to the eternal within you,
To all the invitations that quietly surround you.
May the Angel of Healing turn your wounds
Into sources of refreshment.
May the Angel of the Imagination enable you
To stand on the true thresholds,
At ease with your ambivalence
And drawn in new direction
Through the glow of your contradictions.
May the Angel of Compassion open your eyes
To the unseen suffering around you.
May the Angel of Wildness disturb the places
Where your life is domesticated and safe,
Take you to the territories of true otherness
Where all that is awkward in you
Can fall into its own rhythm.
May the Angel of Eros introduce you
To the beauty of your senses
To celebrate your inheritance
As a temple of the holy spirit.
May the Angel of Justice disturb you
To take the side of the poor and the wronged.
May the Angel of Encouragement confirm you
In worth and self-respect,
That you may live with the dignity
That presides in your soul.
May the Angel of Death arrive only
When your life is complete
And you have brought every given gift
To the threshold where its infinity can shine.
May all the Angels be your sheltering
And joyful guardians.”
Excerpted from To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
by Fr. John O’Donohue.