Franciscan Way of The Cross

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Thanks to Thom over at Faith in The 21st Century blog  for alerting me to a new stations of The Cross from Franciscans International which states:
Franciscans around the world live and work with the poorest of the poor- many whose human rights are violated. In the spirit of Francis and Clare, we look to our deep spirituality as a guide to changing the structures that perpetuate injustice.

In this struggle, many Franciscans experience the Way of the Cross and through their suffering with the poor, they have entered into a renewed vision of humanity and resurrection.

Click here for Reflections on Seven Last Words and for A Franciscan Universal Reflection on The Way Of The Cross.

For other resources on The Way of The Cross Click here for my previous post .

While we are at it, we may as well all have a Franciscan Benediction; a little bit different from the usual sort of blessing but we need shaking up and we're still in Lent.

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 foolishness 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.

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