“I have often raised my hand in the silence of the night and in my solitary cell, blessing you all and presenting you to Jesus and to our father, St. Francis of Assisi.” (St. Padre Pio)
A blessing is a powerful prayer and a grace which is often neglected in our time. Scripture is full of examples of blessings: people blessing God's creation, fathers imparting blessings to their children, God blessing nations and peoples. When we bless another we ask God to touch their lives, to bring holiness to them. We are cooperating with God’s plan for us and for His Kingdom.
Holy men throughout the ages have known the power of a blessing:
"The LORD said to Moses:
Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
'This is how you shall bless the Israelites.
Say to them:
The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon
you, and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and
give you peace!
So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites,
and I will bless them.'” (Numbers 6:22-27)
Asking a priest for his blessing will allow God's grace to permeate our souls; and as baptised members of the Body of Christ, we, too, can bless another in His name - our children, spouse, parents, friends. Simply making the sign of the cross on their foreheads and asking God to be with them is both prayerful and powerful. Today, bring the heavens down to earth - bless someone.
St. Padre Pio, pray for us!