Because the world will die without it, go with love

My wife was going through old boxes and she came across a speech that was given to my graduation class from St. Mary's University in 2004.  

It is not given a source and a quick google search did not help me out.  I share it as a great benediction to which I hope to memorize in the coming month.

Because the world is poor and starving, go with bread.
Because the world is filled with fear, go with courage.
Because the world is in despair, go with hope.
Because the world is living lies, go with truth.
Because the world is sick with sorrow, go with joy.
Because the world is weary of wars, go with peace.
Because the world is seldom fair, go with justice.
Because the world is under judgment, go with mercy.
Because the world will die without it, go with love.

Sunday's Benediction from Rev. Dr. Gilbert Ferrell

"Charles King once said, 'The church is mission.'  It does not have a mission, it is mission.  It does not sent missionaries, it itself is sent.  And the church exists for the sake of the world and not for its own sake.  And it can never forget that without becoming apostate.  Go then people of God, into the world God loves, teach it a song, break the bread share the cup, decry injustice, wage peace.  And God of peace go with you where you are.  Amen."

New Blog and a Franciscan Benediction to memorize

My wife introduced me to a new blog site called Inward/Outward. I have read only a few of the entries and I think this will be a mainstay on my reader. The post she read and passed on to me was the following Franciscan Benediction (which I hope to memorize):

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 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.