Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Franciscan Benediction

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.

My 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 turn their
pain to 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.



  1. And may God bless you weakness so that we know we can not make it on our own power, but must always depend on the God and Creator of the universe, Whose we are, in Whom we have our being, and Whom we serve. Good analogy. I remember when I had poison ivy all over my face, and felt that the pain was minimal compared to what was inflicted on Jesus for my sins. Isaiah 53. Love Mom

  2. Yes. May God bless us with weakness, so that his power will be made known to us.