"May you know that absence is
alive with hidden presence,
that nothing is ever lost or forgotten.
May the absences in your life
grow full of eternal echo.
May you sense around you
the secret Elsewhere,
where the presences
that have left you dwell.
May you be generous in
your embrace of loss.
May the sore well of grief turn
into a seamless flow of presence.
May your compassion reach out
to the ones we never hear from.
May you have the courage
to speak for the excluded ones.
May you become the gracious and
passionate subject of your own life.
May you not disrespect your mystery
through brittle words or false belonging.
May you be embraced by God
in whom dawn and twilight are one.
May your longing inhabit its dreams
within the Great Belonging."