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Reflection on All Souls' and All Saints' Day

01-November-21
Reflection on All Souls' and All Saints' Day

On the Death of the Beloved

by John O’Donohue

Though we need to weep your loss,You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.Your love was like the dawnBrightening over our livesAwakening beneath the darkA further adventure of colour.The sound of your voiceFound for usA new musicThat brightened everything.Whatever you enfolded in your gazeQuickened in the joy of its being;You placed smiles like flowersOn the altar of the heart.Your mind always sparkledWith wonder at things.Though your days here were brief,Your spirit was live, awake, complete.We look towards each other no longerFrom the old distance of our names;Now you dwell inside the rhythm of breath,As close to us as we are to ourselves.Though we cannot see you with outward eyes,We know our soul's gaze is upon your face,Smiling back at us from within everythingTo which we bring our best refinement.Let us not look for you only in memory,Where we would grow lonely without you.You would want us to find you in presence,Beside us when beauty brightens,When kindness glowsAnd music echoes eternal tones.When orchids brighten the earth,Darkest winter has turned to spring;May this dark grief flower with hopeIn every heart that loves you.May you continue to inspire us:To enter each day with a generous heart.To serve the call of courage and loveUntil we see your beautiful face againIn that land where there is no more separation,Where all tears will be wiped from our mind,And where we will never lose you again.

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