A Benedictine blessing

/ 10 October 2006

Update 2011: Thanks to E.M. for pointing out that this prayer was written by Sr. Ruth Fox, OSB — which  means it’s Benedictine, not Franciscan — in the spring of 1985 while she was chaplain at the Catholic Student Center at Dickinson State University, in Dickinson, ND. It was offered as a benediction to a graduate breakfast.

I found this blessing via a blog. It doesn’t have a citation beyond that, but I liked it enough to want to share it:

"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 from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain to joy. And may God bless you with 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."