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99 Blessings: An Invitation to Life

coverIn ancient times people would regularly bless each other, their labors, their homes, their land and their animals. Nowadays this spiritual practice is often limited to religious services and ceremonies, the occasional “bless you” when someone sneezes in public, or the response of a homeless person after receiving a gift of money.

Benedictine Brother David Steindl-Rast brings these prayers back where they belong — into the midst of everyday life. He offers blessings for fresh linen, using the Internet, taking leave, listening to music, learning by heart, being taught by spiders, daydreaming in bed, smelling leather and much more.

Here’s a blessing from the book’s preface: “May the patchwork quilt of blessings help to sharpen your taste for the gift of life in its innumerable facets. May you grow ever more blessed, ever more able to bless” (Image Books).


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