St Margaret's News September 2018 - Page 11

Franciscan Benediction At the end of the service on 23 September, Simon Clarke used a Franciscan Bene- diction which resonated with a number of the congregation and, so, is reproduced below. As you go into the week ahead May God bless you with Discomfort … Discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with Anger … Anger at Injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom, and peace. May God bless you with Tears … Tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach our your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy. And may God bless you with enough Foolishness … Foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen. Contributions Wanted All members of St Margaret’s and the broader Hackett-Downer -Watson community are invited to contribute articles and photographs about things that have happened or are going to happen at the St Margaret’s/Holy Cross complex or in the local community. Articles about members of the community’s own involvements in things of interest to others in the community may also be submitted for potential publication. The deadline for material for the next issue is 12 October 2018, with that issue being published on 19 October. Material should be given to the editor Brian Rope or to Lynda at the church office. It may be handwritten or typed. It may be posted, emailed or personally delivered. The Editor reserves the right to edit, or even not use, material. St Margaret’s News 11 September 2018