Madwoman Out of the Attic

a feminist trudging forward in a patriarchal world

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Fantastic Prayer


How I wish I could hear more prayers like this. Maybe I'll model my baby's blessing on something like this...

"May God bless you with discomfort: at easy answers, at half-truths, and superficial relationships - so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger: at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may 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. 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." - Franciscan Benediction

On an unrelated note, here's another quote I like:
"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work; but, rather, teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea" Anonymous

3 Comments:

Blogger John said...

I like!

My blessing of my daughter was kind of like this--emphasizing strength to overcome adversity in life, and a focus on building character, integrity and compassion (instead of the usual LDS life path blessings, like testimony and marriage).

My prayers have devolved into petitions for the mundane and material, and I'm trying to get back into the mindset that encouraged E.'s inspired blessing.

8/07/2006 2:49 PM  
Blogger jana said...

So when are you going to post about the birth experience??? :)

8/16/2006 12:09 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Just got it up. :)

8/18/2006 10:30 PM  

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