Blessing for Jorge Mario Bergoglio


God, make him an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let him sow love;
where his church injured people,
may he offer comfort and justice;
where there is extravagance,
may he teach the simplicity
of his leaving the chauffeur for the bus,
where there is despair among the poor,
may he care as he did in Buenos Aires slums;
where there is fear of Vatican exclusivity,
may he be priest from faraway
willing to listen to the world,;
and where there is sadness born
of torture and death in  the Dirty War,
may he become gentle as Francis.

God, grant that this Pope not so much seek
to be defined by the past as open to the future
to be understood through old views,
as to understand women and
your same-gender loving children;
to call others “devil” as to listen to angels.

For it is in his first humble words
asking for our prayers
rather than pronouncing a blessing,
that he is blessed,
it is in knowing that true pardon
is never protecting those who abuse others,
that there is healing,
and it is embracing the humble saint
of begging and bird-sermons
of crèche and courage
that he may guide his faith community
through dying to an Easter life. Amen.

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8 Responses to Blessing for Jorge Mario Bergoglio

  1. Emily Rose says:

    This is so wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing!

    And may it be so!!

    • Maren says:

      You are welcome. Certainly fervent prayers from folks in my interfaith fellowship from Jews and Baha’i form every shade of Christian.

  2. Jan Fairchild says:

    Splendid. And may this Blessing be extended for All.

  3. rezrevres says:

    As always Maren, beautifully crafted liturgy that remains profound in sentiment and intention. Thank you so much for sharing and be assured that I’ll share your prayer with others.

  4. So beautiful, Maren, and gracious and full of hope. I am hopeful, but also wary, read the story of him collaborating with the Pinochet regime, and of the two Jesuits who were tortured that he did not defend, and am worried that his love of poverty is disassociated from a desire for social change. Still, he is such a breath of fresh air, so far!

    • Maren says:

      Thank you, Nancy. Yes, I tried to reflect that and both of those are my worry and yet my prayer is for *his* change from some of these things past and openness to new voices. If he brings the gift of humility and he seems to do so then there is much to hope.

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