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February 22, 2016, 9:42 AM

A Traditional Franciscan Blessing 

Some members asked for a copy of the traditional Franciscan blessing that I used as my conclusion to the sermon on Sunday.  Here it is:

"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 pain, rejection, hunger and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain to joy. 

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done."

You can find a few different version online as well.  Here are a couple sites that give more background about it:

http://www.franciscans.ie/news/83-news-scroller/485-a-franciscan-blessing  and....

http://aheartforjustice.com/2010/10/07/a-franciscan-blessing-may-god-bless-you-with-discomfort-anger-tears-and-foolishness/

Peace,

-Pr. Nathan


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