ride4acure 2011 Trek launch

Esther with horse at Crescent Head
Esther with horses at Crescent Head

Read by Chris Chaplin msc, at the ride4acure Crescent Head to Cottesloe Beach journey blessing, of Esther, Joe, Maura, Titan, Lofty, Meg, Clancy, Bobby, Hamish and Emily, as they begin their epic trek from the Pacific Ocean to the Indian Ocean on horseback, in memory of Hanna Rose on her 23rd birthday, and in support of fund raising and research for melanoma in young people.
God keep you safe and full of wonder. Amen.


For The Traveller

by John O’Donohue

(Taken from Benedictus – A Book of Blessings. By John O’Donohue. Bantam Press, Sydney, 2007)


Every time you leave home,

Another road takes you

Into a world you were never in,


New strangers on other paths await.

New places that have never seen you

Will startle a little at your entry.

Old places that know you well

Will pretend nothing

Changed since your last visit.


When you travel, you find yourself

Alone in a different way,

More attentive now

To the self you bring along,

Your more subtle eye watching

You abroad; and how what meets you

Touches that part of the heart

That lies low at home:


How you unexpectedly attune

To the timbre in some voice,

Opening a conversation

You want to take in

To where your longing

Has pressed hard enough

Inward, on some unsaid dark,

To create a crystal of insight


You could not have known

You needed

To illuminate

Your way


When you travel,

A new silence

Goes with you,

And if you listen,

You will hear

What your heart would

Love to say


A journey can become a sacred thing.


Make sure, before you go,

To take the time

To bless your going forth,

To free your heart of ballast

So that the compass of your soul

Might direct you towards

The territories of spirit

Where you will discover

More of your hidden life;

And the urgencies

That deserve to claim you.


May you travel in an awakened way,

Gathered wisely into your inner ground;

That you may not waste the invitations

Which wait along the way to transform you.


May you travel safely, arrive refreshed

And live your time away to its fullest;

Return home, more enriched, and free

To balance the gift of days which call you.