A Simple Blessing

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New Year’s Day A Simple Blessing If you were to bless someone, here and now, would you know what to say?... I think that many, in fact the majority of people, would not. We have so few models, so few examples in our daily lives. Most would find it hard to go beyond a mere, general “Be blessed”. Someone more courageous might dare to speak. But I suspect that we would hear a prayer like, “Father, I pray that you bless so and so...” instead of a proper blessing. It’s not within our religious cul...
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Mere Wishes or Effective Blessing?

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New Year’s Day Mere Wishes or Effective Blessing?(Numbers 6:22-27) This is the time of year when people wish things to each other for the New Year. Health, prosperity, success... We try to pack everything, all our positive energy into one nice formula that we offer to one another. But besides simply being a polite thing to do, or maybe some other social norm that I don’t know about, what does it change? What power do my mere words have to influence the lives of my family, my friends, or a str...
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Be Blessed

Edmond-Joseph Massicotte, « La bénédiction du Jour de l’an » (New Year’s Day Blessing), 1912. (Library and Archives Canada/MIKAN 2895477)First published on January 3, 2017Be Blessed! Yes, Be Blessed!Many decades ago, there was a special tradition on New Year’s Day: the Father’s blessing. All the children and grand-children would kneel before the father of the family and, depending on the inspiration of the moment, he would call health, success, and wealth upon his offspring.That tradition has...
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