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UN World Social Justice Day, February 20

“Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.” — United Nations

World Social Justice Day invites us to think critically about the world in which we live: what injustices exist in our world, in our community, and even in our own minds and hearts? Asking these questions usually leads us to uncomfortable places. But it is important to enter those dark places if we want the light of Christ to shine through.  
 
During this Lenten time of prayer and reflection, we invite you to say the benediction below. Take your time and read it more than once, meditating on its meaning and how God is calling you to respond.

Franciscan Benediction

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live from deep within our hearts.
 
May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of God’s creations, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
 
May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
 
And may God bless us with just enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in the world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done.
 
Amen.  
 
— Author unknown
 

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