I picked this up in church on Saturday evening, but I don’t think one has to be religious to recognize the challenge.

This blessing is known as the Franciscan Four Fold Blessing, a devotional discipline derived from the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) and St. Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)

May God bless us with discomfort.  Discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts.

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

May God bless us with tears. Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain to joy.

May God bless us with foolishness. Enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in this world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done..




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  1. At first I was confused when I read through it, then I slowly read it again. This was excellent!! loved it

  2. The blessing is lovely and thought-provoking.

  3. interesting – I have always loved Francis – but this time i found that whatever is written in the parenthesis I agree with -but I don’t need the discomfort,anger tears and foolishness to feel it –

    • Interesting, given the number of times your blog has described the journey from negative emotions to the peace of God. Yes, I do believe you feel the stuff after the colon without needing discomfort, anger, tears, and foolishness, but they do happen, and to focus on the stuff after the colon is a great way to handle it.

  4. Thank you, Mona! Loved the St. Francis teachings. Sharon

    • Thanks, Sharon. By the way, something purported to be from you is hung up in my spam blocker. It looks strange, and I would check it if I had your e-mail address so I could ask you without clicking on potential spam. Would you send it to me your address on my e-mail, if you have it?

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