Franciscan Blessing

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

May God bless you with 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 to turn their pain into joy. Amen.

May God bless you with 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.

A Gaelic Blessing

Deep Peace of the running wave to you-
Deep Peace of the flowing air to you
Deep Peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep Peace of the shining stars to you
Deep Peace of the gentle night to you,
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you-
Deep peace of Christ, the light of the world to you.

Source Unknown — carried by Christopher Gauss


Lighting a Candle
As I now bring fire to this candlewick,
Making it glow with light,
May I also bring the fire of love
To this time of prayer and worship.
Amen. Extinguishing a Candle
As I extinguish this candle flame
May the flames of love and light
Be carried with me into the world.

Source — Amber Keithley