Franciscan Benediction

I have used this prayer in a few presentations and always people ask for a copy. Maybe its the unconventional requests in the prayer that speak to them? I first read it a book by Philip Yancey called Prayer. Does it make any Difference?

May God bless you with discomfort

At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships

So that you may live deep in 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

Turn their pain into joy.


And 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

To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.


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