Verily, it is a blessing
and not a blasphemy when I teach that "above all things there standeth the heaven of chance, the heaven of innocence, the heaven of hazard, the heaven of wantonness."
"So I come, master, and the people say to me: 'A great blessing
has been revealed, holy oil trickles from the cheeks of our blessed Mother, the Holy Virgin Mother of God'...."
He knew he would hear nothing new from these folk, that they would arouse no religious emotion in him; but he liked to see the crowd to which his blessing and advice was necessary and precious, so while that crowd oppressed him it also pleased him.
He rose, went to the railing beyond which the crowd had gathered, and began blessing them and answering their questions, but in a voice so weak that he was touched with pity for himself.
Father Sergius remained seated on the bench at the entrance and when she was passing and stopped beside him for his blessing he was aghast at himself for the way he looked at her figure.
'THE greatest blessing,' said Mr Kenwigs, correcting himself.
I do say--and Mrs Kenwigs is of the same sentiment, and feels it as strong as I do--that I consider his being called Lillyvick one of the greatest blessings and Honours of my existence.'
Alexander MacAllister, he says to Andrew Peters, `Well, and what do you think of Father Chiniquy now?' `Vell,' growled Andrew, `I t'ink de old devil has got a blessing
left yet.' Laws, how Henry did laugh over that today!"
Scores of animal lovers brought their pets to the chapel to enjoy a familyfriendly modern service which culminated in the creatures, great and small, each receiving an individual blessing
from the minister.
Every Curse has a blessing
and every blessing
is a curse.
In "The Priestly Blessing
: Rediscovering the Gift", Msgr.
However, there is more to this than having a overflowing cup of blessings
. The attitude of thankfulness makes one blessed and a blessing