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A Blessing For These Times

Many of us are still trying to process tragic events, starting with the killing of George Floyd and  continuing with peaceful protests and heartbreaking riots and looting. We struggle with uncomfortable conversations and realities about our nation that many of us have kept in the shadows.  And we struggle with a pandemic that not only creates fear and loss, but also loneliness, anger and polarization.  These troubled times reveal much about our  communities, our nation, and our own hearts. The conversation is just getting started but below is a blessing for us in the meantime.  

A Non-traditionaBlessing 

May God bless you with discontent with easy answers, half-truths, superficial relationships, so that you will live from deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, abuse, and exploitation of people, so that you will work for justice, equality, and  peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you will reach out your hand to comfort  them and to change their pain to joy.

May God bless you with the foolishness to think you can make a difference in this world, so that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done.

If you have the courage to accept these blessings, then God will also bless you with:

happiness—because you will know that you have made life better for others

inner peace—because you will have worked to secure an outer peace for others

laughter—because your heart will be light

faithful friends—because they will recognize your worth as a person.

These blessings are yours—not for the asking, but for the giving—from One who wants to be your companion, our God, who lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.

 Sister Ruth Fox, OSB

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