Ash Wednesday : A Franciscan Blessing

May God bless you with discomfort. Discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen

May God bless you with anger. Anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen

May God bless you with tears. 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 turn their pain into joy. Amen

May God bless you with foolishness. Enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen

And the blessing of God, who creates, redeems and sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, and forever more. Amen

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The Logans said...

Thank you for sharing that blessing and that link! I am looking forward to the daily Lenten Emails.

Cindy said...

Beautifully said!

Faux Martha said...

That is just beautiful...I am sort of a lapsed catholic, but I the prayer rings true for all parts of my life.

Sara said...

Mollie - thank you so much for this blessing! Made my day.