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A Franciscan Prayer

June 25, 2022

This is a poem that I came across on Facebook from one of my favourite pages, and it moved me very similarly to how Mother Teresa’s “Anyway” poem does. I actually printed it out and taped it to the wall at my desk, so I can turn to it often and feel its warmth.

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.

A Google search has accredited this beautiful poem to a Benedictine nun named Sister Ruth Marlene Fox.

Rosa Indica Vulgaris by Pierre Joseph Redoute

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