Monday, June 02, 2014

Four - Fold Franciscan Blessing

From time to time, I use this blessing, that I first heard in Washington, DC at the Church of the Epiphany back in 2004.  I have a copy of it pasted in the back of my prayer book and I prayed it yesterday at the end of our service.  There are slightly different versions of it, but this is my favorite.

Some have argued that it's origin is likely more Benedictine than Franciscan, but, when I first discovered it, it was called a Four-Fold Franciscan Blessing, so that is what I call it.



Four - Fold Franciscan Blessing

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

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

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

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. Amen.

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