Sunday, July 31, 2011

Make a Wish

I just celebrated my birthday on July 28. For a long time now it has been my custom to make the 28th of every month a little birthday; when possible the 28th is my day apart--a day of prayer. And so, even my real birthday in July became a day of retreat. After Morning Praise, Eucharist and Breakfast with my community I bowed out for the day and reflected on how I need to be born again. I lit my birthday candle and made a wish. In fact I made lots of wishes. I make my wishes when I light the candle instead of when I blow it out. Throughout the day when I became aware of the burning candle I made another wish. Below is a list of a few of the wishes that I made. The first few wishes are for the whole world; the others are for me. Perhaps you also would like to make a list of birthday wishes. You don't have to wait for your birthday to make a wish.

  1. I wish that racism and all forms of prejudice were a thing of the past.

  2. I wish each of us would make an effort to see the hidden goodness in all people.

  3. I wish we would truly believe that our world doesn't have to be so violent and make little changes in our personal lives to become people of peace.

  4. I wish we could eradicate greed from the face of this earth--of course, I have to begin with myself.

  5. I wish we would be very careful about judging others, remembering that we are a temple of God and not a courthouse.

  6. I wish everyone would see the movie, My name is Khan.

  7. I wish I could let go of my expectations of others [especially as to how they ought to perform] and search for ways to affirm them.

  8. I wish I was a bit more adept at surrendering my opinions.

  9. I wish I would let nothing (not even 2011 summers) prevent me from spending a little time outdoors in the heart of nature each day.

  10. I wish I would laugh more.

  11. I wish it would rain.

  12. And I wish I could be a rain of grace for those I live with and beyond...

  13. I wish I could be utterly authentic. (that has always been one of my deep wishes)

  14. I wish I had an overdose of poverty of spirit. (another of my deep wishes)
Wishes, in themselves, seem a bit empty. We have to put flesh on the wish through some kind of action. On the other hand, a wish is a seed of potential that I can water with intense desire. I can breathe on it each day and bring it to life. I can pray that the wish become so deeply rooted in me that it becomes a reality. I can call on the child in me and practice making my wishes come true

Finally I wish I could be a bridge

over the troubled waters of people's lives.

"People are lonely

because they build walls

instead of bridges."

Write a letter to one of your bridges,

don't send an e-mail~~write a Letter!

I really wish you would!


  1. I wish you your heart's desires, beautiful Macrina.

  2. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you.

    As for me, I wish to become humble :-) (that's the first wish which comes to my mind. Now I will think of a list like yours for my birthday.)

    Thank you for the inspiration. (I do like your idea of making a wish as I light the candle rather than when I blow it out :-)