Blessing for Graduates

Tis the season for college/graduate school graduations. Our friend John and Chieko’s daughter graduated from Duke this week. Next week is the commencement of the UST undergraduates; our law students graduated last Saturday. On that same day my cousin’s daughter Nicolette will graduate from Marist college.

As we congratulation these young men and women on the achievements of their school years, we bless them as we send them off to find their place in God’s plan.

Today I pray for them all this adaptation of a Franciscan blessing:

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

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.

And the Blessing of God, who Creates, Redeems and Sanctifies, be upon you and all you love this day, and forever more. Amen.

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