Franciscan Benediction

This Franciscan Benediction/Blessing is an encouragement of what we should pray for. A lot of us so much want to follow God’s will for Justice, Freedom and Peace among all people.
Though there is no historical basis that Saint Francis of Assisi was the author of this prayer, it exist in the Franciscan tradition based on the teachings and life of the saint.
We hope you will be encouraged by these words of blessing.

Franciscan Benediction

May God Bless You
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, superficial relationships, so that you will live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you will work for justice, equality and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you will reach out your hand to comfort them and change their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with the foolishness to think that you can make a difference in the world, so that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done.

A Franciscan monk

While this is counter-cultural to the feel-good prosperity sermon that is so popular today, and we are sure nobody pray like this, as the prayer mention Anger, Tears, Discomfort and Foolishness.

The question is, would you pray like this?

ossy ilumah

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