As Rose Goes



Franciscan Four Fold Blessing

This is one of my favorite prayers:

May God bless you with discomfort. Discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen

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

May God bless you with tears. 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 into joy. Amen

May God bless you with foolishness. 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


Defend the Cause of the Poor

“Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! May he judge your people with righteousness and your poor with justice! . . .

May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, given deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!”

Psalm 72:1-2, 4city-731385_640

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