Franciscan Benedicion


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.

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  1. Let me see now… is that the same god they tell us about that dictates to us that we ‘must’ live as he wants us to or else he’ll send us to suffer and burn in agony for all eternity… Isn’t that kind of what people like Hitler did and what Islam is trying to do to us now… so I guess God consorts with these kinds of colleagues.

    We don’t need some god to bless us with a whole bunch of stuff we unfortunately get way too much of for free anyway!

    Personally I’m up for getting rid of God, he’s a danger to our progressive future, peace and freedom… no matter how you look at it!

  2. Tommy – you’ve obviously been badly hurt by so called christians and I’m very sorry. They do not represent God as He truly is.
    To your question – no, I’m not talking about that god you mention, I wouldn’t want to know him either and yes, let’s get rid of him!
    The God I’m talking about is the one who loves us to bits and wants us to know Him and be loved by Him. If you look at Jesus – that’s God.
    May the true and living, loving God bless you with peace and freedom,
    Jonie

  3. Tommy, if your hatred for religion has blinded you to seeing the real message in the text, allow me to remove God from it so that you can experience the meaning behind it.

    Get uncomfortable
    At easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships,
    So that you may live deep within your heart.

    Feel anger
    At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
    So that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

    Cry tears
    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 be foolish enough
    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.

    And above all, remain humble enough and open minded enough
    To know that you don’t know all the answers
    And that wisdom, beauty and enlightenment can be found in the
    Least likely of places. Even in the places we hate the most.

    James

  4. Hi Jonie,

    Well you are right on some levels, I did in fact go to Catholic boarding schools, which were more like Oliver Twist Orphanages… dark and cruel. However, although it may have been the initial catalyst that started off my questioning of God, Jesus and the Christian Bible, it certainly was not the end sum. I have studied and observed many religions all over the world in my pathetic little life and I have come to the conclusion, myself, unaided or persuaded by any one, that religion does nothing but serve to divide the world, and all and any of the gods religion teach us about are more negative and destructive influences than they are creative and constructive.

    I do appreciate your view that there is a ‘God’, if you like, that is above and beyond any of the limitations of religious gods… I tend to refer to that as the eternal spirit and knowledge of the never ending universe, and I particularly don’t believe for one second it is a ‘male’. If you study way way back to the very earliest cultures that ordained a ‘god’ like entity, which could be interpreted as our very early religions, you will discover that every single one of the primary gods started out as female, even the ‘Sun’ and the Earth were referred to in the feminine. It wasn’t until ignorant, arrogant and aggressive ‘men’ with an obsessive need to dominate everything and everyone, that the female god was converted to a male, and that was only because men had greater physical strength, no other reason.
    Jesus was a man, if in fact real, who tried to teach us that the path to a progressive, harmonious and creative world was to love one another, care for one another and live a creative and constructive life… and in that I agree. Most of the well known historical philosophers were trying to teach that, and even today there are many people trying to spread that thinking. I personally believe that we need to explore, discover and learn as much as will fill one thousand galaxies, and then we will have the knowledge, ability and wisdom to create one perfect acorn.

    Love and care and concern to me are just a subsequence of living your life as a creative, intelligent, visionary thinking and considerate human being, who has faith that we can be more than we ever dream.

    I did like you poem/prayer, and I did understand the irony of it and the deeper message within… I just wanted to provoke some alternate thought with my initial comment.

    Thanks for being such a caring person Jonie… May the eternal spirit of the Universe bless you with a life of great value and worth remembering.

  5. Thanks James for your comment –
    I rather like your alternative version, especially your last verse πŸ™‚ I certainly don’t know all the answers and shall probably spend the rest of my life exploring and learning and asking the Creator of the universe for wisdom and smiles.

    Tommy –
    Good grief, Oliver Twist orphanage type school, how dreadful. I can only assume that those people who can hurt children like that do not know God at all! And God is probably outraged – Jesus had a lot to say about people who kept children from coming to Him!

    Re your “pathetic little life” – I don’t know why you say that, but I don’t agree.
    The God who made the Universe and everything in it, made you and knew you before you were born, He loves you and cares for every hair on your head (even when they go grey and fall out … lol).
    He sings over you and cries with you – your life has immense worth, so much that Jesus died for you.

    Yes, Jesus was a man… but He himself said that He is also God – so He’s either deluded, mad or very bad. A good man would never let people worship him, but that is just what people did when they met Him. And he accepted their worship.

    Re God being male – yes, I agree that this has been perverted and used in religion to dominate and abuse.
    But, God doesn’t quite say that himself, does He? In Genesis the Bible says that God made man and woman in His own image – both.
    In some passages in the Bible you will find God comparing Himself with a woman, a mother. Wisdom in the Bible is called “she” (Proverbs) – but the Bible also says that all wisdom is from God.
    So God has both male and female characteristics.
    Jesus called God Father, a loving Father – looking at 1.Cor.13 we see what love is – nothing specifically male or female to be found there.

    I think we have to know the Bible and what God actually said and not believe all the stuff religion has invented … Just like what the Pharisees did and Jesus rebuked them and called them white washed tombs. Great πŸ™‚

    If you have come across a Christianity that is destructive and negative, then that isn’t true Christianity, but a perversion and not what Jesus teaches us. Jesus said that He came to set us free – to bring freedom and peace, joy and love and a beautiful relationship with our Creator.

    Thanks for your blessing – I don’t know who the eternal spirit of the universe is – perhaps God? πŸ™‚
    I wonder what a “life of great value and worth remembering” is? And who is to judge that?

    I just want to spread the joy and peace of our Father πŸ™‚
    God bless you, Jonie

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