As today, Ash Wednesday, marks the start of the season of Lent, may this Franciscan blessing encourage and prepare you for a meaningful and blessed Lent Experience.
Seattle Pacific University students, Joe Miller and Mandie Sodoma, produced this video to encourage their campus to join Relentless Acts of Justice.
May God bless you with discomfort. Discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. Amen.
May God bless you with anger. Anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace. Amen.
May God bless you with tears. Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy. Amen.
May God bless you with foolishness. Enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen.
And the blessing of God, who creates, redeems and sanctifies, be upon you and all you love and pray for this day, and forever more. Amen.
For Lent 2011 resources, see Lent 2011: Relentless Acts of Justice with World Vision ACT:S.