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bouquetFor many of us, Saturday is a day to take a breath, pick up the fragments of the week that is ending and get ready for what is to come in the dawning of the week that begins tomorrow. After walking downstairs making a mental list of tasks for the day, pouring my coffee and coming back to boot up my computer, I opened Macrina Wiederkehr’s book, Seven Sacred Pauses, and found what seems to me a perfect prayer for this day. May it be a guide for us as we proceed.

Give us the grace of tender seeing. Help us to recognize and honor the wise one who lives at the core of our being. May we always be open to being taught. May we be able to let go of our work at the end of the day. May we learn to bless and affirm each person who passes through the hours of our day. May we lose our fear of those things which are transient. May we learn the art of living well and dying well. Teach us to end the day slowly, thoughtfully, gracefully. Soften the driven part of us that we may learn to relax and offer all we are and all we do as a bouquet of life at the close of each day.(p. 127)