New Years Peace Blessing

As we begin the New Year we wish you many blessings…

May God bless you with intolerance for easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart,

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

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.

May God bless you with leaders who truly believe that Peace is possible, and who have an absolute intolerance for war.

And 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.

  -A Franciscan Benediction