A great companion for the “Pilgrimage of the Soul” and contemplative journey is Father Henri Nouwen. His writings are vast and very simple and down to earth. A great place to begin is a short book I recently read called, “The Life of the Beloved.”
Here’s a blessing from Father Henri to savor on a Monday morning.
“I have called you by name, from the very beginning. You are mine and I am yours. You are my beloved, on whom my favor rests. I have molded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you together in your mother’s womb. I have carved you in the palm of my hand and hidden you in the shadow of my embrace. I look at you with infinite tenderness, and care for you with the care more intimate than that of a mother for her child. I have counted every hair on your head and guided your every step. Wherever you go, I go with you, whenever you rest, I keep watch. I will give you food that will satisfy all your hunger, and drink that will quench all your thirst. I will not hide my face from you. You know me as your own as I know you as my own. You belong to me. I am your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, your lover, and your spouse. Wherever you are I will be. Nothing will ever separate us. We are one.”