Friday, June 27, 2014

Tears and Foolishness

I often "pause for thought" just before work - a moment of reflection to start the day. Sometimes a piece resonates deeply and the following blessing did just that; it gives me permssion to be angry; to cry tears of rage, frustration and hurt;  and, every once in a while, to be silly and headstrong and foolish. On hearing these words, my very existence - my role in this world - was confirmed... and off to work I went.  

A Franciscan Blessing

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 to 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.

Sister Ruth Fox

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