Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Prayers

I enjoyed this prayer sent to me on the St Mary's in Community in Exile newsletter.

FRANCISCAN PRAYER FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE

May God bless you with discomfort…
at easy answers, hard hearts.
half-truths and superficial relationships.
May God bless you so that you may live
from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.

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

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe
that you can make a difference in this world and in your community,
so that you may courageously try what you don’t think you can do,
but in Jesus Christ you’ll have the strength necessary to do.

May God bless you that you remember we are called
to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place,
in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing
new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch.

Reminds of a prayer by Brennan Manning from "the Ragamuffin Gospel"

"May all your expectations be frustrated,
May all your plans be thwarted,
May all your desires be withered into nothingness
that you may experience the powerlessness
and poverty of a child
and sing,
and dance
in the compassion of God who is
Father, Son & Spirit.

1 comment:

Philomena Ewing said...

Thanks for this prayer . I have put it on my blog ( Blue Eyed Ennis) with link to here. I have found it useful when reeling from the constant influx of news re sexual abuse in my Church.