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A Prayer for Righteous Discontent   Leave a comment

Prophet Jeremiah, from the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican, by Michelangelo

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Language modernized and some punctuation altered from The Book of Worship for Church and Home (1965), of The Methodist Church:

O God, you have taught us the joy of serving you and have given us an earnest of the peace that passes understanding.  Fill us also with righteous discontent, that we may be perfectly at rest while injustice is done to your people, and your children cry out in anguish.  Grant us so to desire your kingdom, as a pearl of great price, that we may discern the signs of its coming upon earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

A Franciscan Blessing   17 comments

Above:  St. Francis of Assisi, by El Greco

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May God bless you with a restless discomfort about

easy answers,

half-truths

and superficial relationships,

so that you may

seek truth boldly

and love deeply within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at

injustice,

oppression,

and exploitation of people,

so that you may tirelessly work for

justice,

freedom,

and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer

from pain,

rejection,

starvation,

or the loss of all that they cherish,

so that you may

reach out your hand to comfort them

and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness

to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world,

so that you are able, with God’s grace,

to do what others claim cannot be done.

And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty

and our Creator, Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour,

and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide,

be with you

and remain with you,

this day and forevermore.

AMEN.

–Sister Ruth Fox, Order of Saint Benedict (1985)