Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Found on a friend's blog

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 from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into 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.

Maybe that's my problem. I am foolish enough to think I can make a difference. That I can change the world....that what I do matters.

May I have this spirit...a "foolish" spirit, who never gives up, who never listens to the voices inside my head, which says "you are inadequate, can do nothing" and instead, be wise enough to know that through God, I can do all things.

May I never lose the drive to be radical, to be real, to do things that seem crazy to the world, but could change this war torn, broken, pain-filled world for the better.

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