may God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that we may live deep within our hearts. may God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people – so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace. may God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war – so that we may reach out our hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. and may God bless us with enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in the world – so that we can do what others claim cannot be done, to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor. amen.

(Franciscan Benediction)

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