Franciscan Blessing Prayer

While cleaning up a pile of what I thought was junk this morning I came across some beautiful prayers that people have sent me.  Unfortunately I do not remember who gave me the prayers or where they originally came from.  It was a good reminder to me that hidden in the midst of what we think of as junk are often nuggets of gold.  And these nuggets of gold are only unearthed when we take the time to dig deeply into a pile of junk with observant eyes and listening ears.

I thought that I would take the opportunity over the next few days to share these prayers with you.

This first one is a Franciscan prayer of blessing:

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers,

half-truths and superficial relationships,

so that we will live deeply in our hearts.

May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression

and exploitation of people and the earth,

so that we will work for justice, equity and peace.

May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer,

so that we will reach out our hands

to comfort them and change their pain to joy.

And may God bless us with the foolishness to think that

we can make a difference in our world,

so that we will do the things which others say cannot be done.


7 Responses

  1. […] 13, 2010 Prayer Leave a Comment Tags: franciscan, haiti, Prayer Thanks goes out to Christine Sine for sharing this prayer on her […]

  2. Oh, how neat! Beautiful picture, too. I’ll be sure to visit again.

  3. A lovely meaningful prayer, thank you

  4. Hi Christine. I have long appreciated this thoughtful benediction. I am sure you would enjoy a version of it put to song by one of the TEAR Australia staff. You can hear it at
    God bless


  5. Steve thanks – this is great. I plan to do a blog post with the link next week. Blessings on all you do at Tear Australia

  6. beautiful takes me into the very presence of God,
    will be using this prayer at our interfaith gathering tonight :0)

  7. […] (from: Christine Sine’s wonderful site: Godspace) […]

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