Monday, November 5, 2007


Instead of offering or receiving more familiar benedictions and blessings, try this Franciscan blessing on for size:

May God bless you with discomfort at
easy answers, half truths, and superficial
relationships, so that you may live deep
within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at
injustice, oppression, and exploitation
of people, so that you may work for justice,
freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears to
shed for those who suffer from pain,
rejection, starvation, and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to
comfort them and to turn their
pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough
foolishness to believe that you can
make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim
cannot be done.”

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