Restless discomfort, holy anger, tears and foolishness.

I’ve shared it before, but what stirs in me tonight compels me to share it again:

A Fourfold Franciscan Blessing

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, be with you and remain with you, this day and forevermore.

Amen.

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  • I truly love this quote a lot too. It’s one I wrote in my journal and I keep it marked there to remind me.

  • This is AMAZING. I’ve never read this and I’m so happy you posted it today. We all need this blessing these days.

    Brooke

    • So glad you got something good out of it. I absolutely love it, too.

  • Yes! What a disruptive and disturbing blessing! Thanks for sharing.

  • Ugh, those Franciscans! They just refuse to let us have a comfortable, selfish, and ignorant faith, don’t they? 😉

    But in all seriousness–I’m so glad you shared this. I’ve never seen it before, but it’s going up on my wall immediately. 🙂

  • I love this too. So many people today think Christianity is all about happiness and prosperity, not suffering and tears. About political correctness, not righteous indignation. Thanks for posting Arleen.