May God bless you with discontent with easy answers, half-truths and 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 that cry 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 recognise 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 forever and ever. Amen.

©  This blessing was written by Benedictine Sister, Ruth Fox, and first delivered at a college graduation some 32 years ago. It still has much to say to all of us!        Fr Seán