Remove the covering

Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by

their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy, or

hard.  Remove the covering, and you will find beneath

it a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power.

Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel’s hand

that brings it to you.  Everything we call a trial, a sorrow

or a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there; the

gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence.

Our joys too: be not content with them as joys.

They too conceal diviner gifts.

And so, at this time, I greet you.

Not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound

esteem, and with the prayer that for you now

and forever, the day breaks, and the shadows flee.

-Fra Giovanni

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