Revisiting An Old Franciscan Benediction

I posted something similar to this a few years back, but in light of recent events I thought this might be a good time to bring it back for an encore. This is from an old Franciscan benediction that should be our prayer in the days and weeks and months ahead:

“May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.

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

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that we may reach our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

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

There’s nothing I need to add to that. Except amen.

 

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