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March 23, 2007

A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.

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

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done.

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  • At 6:23 pm on March 23, 2007, colleen commented:

    In adversity is opportunity. What hurts also deepens and stretches us so that we feel more. Michele sent me.

  • At 3:58 pm on March 24, 2007, Wendy commented:

    A friend of mine read this in church last Sunday. I think it was the first time I had heard it.

  • At 3:29 pm on April 5, 2007, Ben commented:

    Luke, this is great! How did you run into this benediction?

  • At 9:27 am on April 6, 2007, Ben commented:

    Luke, I think I remember reading that the recycle time on the 430 is 7 seconds… If that’s right, you may want to re-consider getting the 430 for wedding work. 7 seconds is an eternity when shooting weddings.

  • At 6:41 pm on December 26, 2007, Wednesday Night Live - extended (12/26) « Confessions of a Human Being pingbacked:

    […] a lot of gold to be found there. We closed the evening singing Blessed Be Your Name, and sharing a Franciscan Benediction. I sent all of our teens and the leaders home with their own candle to use in carving out time for […]

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