Franciscan Blessing

I have a special place in my heart for St. Francis and, therefore, all things Franciscan. My friend Gerry passed on to me the other day this Franciscan blessing that someone had sent to him. I read it with a half-smile, because it a a very challenging blessing…one that invites us into deeper discipleship.

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, starvation 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 this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done!