a franciscan benediction

May God bless you with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may seek truth boldly and love deeply within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger
at injustice, oppression, and the exploitation of people,
so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all peoples.

May God bless you with the gift of tears
to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you really can make a difference in this world,
so that you you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

And may the grace and peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
be with you and remain with you from this day and forevermore


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