Franciscan Benediction

Repeat Performance
Oh God of Second Chances and New Beginnings,
Here I am again.

This is often called the Franciscan Benediction

May God bless us with a restless discomfort
at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that we may seek truth boldly
and love deep within our heart.

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

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

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

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