Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Franciscan Benediction

I came across this today and found it worthy of sharing. It is called a Franciscan Benediction.

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 pain, rejection, hunger and war
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy

May God bless you with foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor

Discomfort, anger, tears, foolishness... not often thought of as blessings. May God bless you in ways you wouldn't expect.