A Franciscan Benediction

Posted on april 27, 2008


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 into joy.

And may God bless you with enough


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.


This prayer spoke directly to me tonight and I want to use it in the following week. It’s exactly what I needed. Thanks to ThroughTheStorm for sharing it!