A Franciscan Prayer of Blessing

by Christine Sine

As you know I love to post prayers on my blog – both those by well known saints and those little known. While cleaning up a pile of what I thought was junk a few weeks ago I came across some beautiful prayers that people have sent me.  Unfortunately I do not remember who gave me the prayers or where they originally came from.  It was a good reminder to me that hidden in the midst of what we think of as junk are often nuggets of gold.  And these nuggets of gold are only unearthed when we take the time to dig deeply into a pile of junk with observant eyes and listening ears.

This Franciscan prayer of blessing is one I have posted before but its message so resounds in my soul that I find myself using it on a regular basis and I think it is worth publishing again and again:

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers,

half-truths and superficial relationships,

so that we will live deeply in our hearts.

May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression

and exploitation of people and the earth,

so that we will work for justice, equity and peace.

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer,

so that we will reach out our hands

to comfort them and change their pain to joy.

And may God bless us with the foolishness to think that

we can make a difference in our world,

so that we will do the things which others say cannot be done.

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Joy Warries April 11, 2013 - 5:50 am

Hi Christine

This is the prayer that keeps me focus on my work.

Thank you for reminding me. Did mot read it for a long time

Greetings from South Africa

Joy D Warries

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Christine Sine April 11, 2013 - 5:52 am

Thanks Joy – always wonderful to rediscover a prayer that has enriched us in the past.

mark lloyd richardson April 11, 2013 - 2:02 pm

One of my all-time favorite blessings from the Franciscans!

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