Loving anything hurts. Love makes us vulnerable. It opens us up to—guarantees, even—pain, grief, and frustration. Love is not easy or soft; love is dangerous territory.
But love also heals. It brings joy. It bridges impossible divides. Love transforms; it has the power to change the world and ourselves. Love is worth fighting for.
And so, may we live and love dangerously, risking it all—pain, grief, and our reputations—for what is right. May we never lose hope that the light will always win in the end.
"May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, 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 pain, rejection, hunger and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort and to turn their pain to joy.⠀
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor."⠀
- Franciscan Benediction