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 deep 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.
A Four-Fold Benedictine Blessing by Sr. Ruth Fox, OSB (1985)
Heard this today and loved it. I don’t want to hover above the grittiness of life. I want to be compelled to do my part. Not sure how that looks. I’m not the activist type, but don’t feel you need to be to make a difference. I think most of all, you need to be the “heart of God” type. What breaks His heart should break ours. The saddest state is that a person be lost to eternity with God through Christ. But in order to get there we sometimes need to meet them at their most perceived needs.
I have heard people say, “I am ruined by God.” A very odd statement since God is the restoration business. He makes all thing new! But what is meant by that is that He breaks our pride, or self-sufficiency, our self-importance so that He can use us to reach a lost world. And to that end, I desire to be “ruined”. It has been and once again is my prayer, “Have your way O God. I step aside so that you may be seen in and through me.”