This prayer was first presented by Sister Ruth Fox, OSB, to the graduating class at Dickinson State College/ Dickinson State University. Sister Ruth freely credits the Holy Spirit as her co-writer.
May God bless you with discontent with easy answers, half-truths, 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 to shed 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
And with inner peace, because you will have worked to secure an outer peace for others. And also, laughter because your heart will be light, and then faithful friends because they will recognize 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 and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.
God’s best to you! Christ’s blessings on you! (Philemon 1:3, MSG)