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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Blessing In Disguise



In an earlier post, Counterfeit Pluralism, I aired my grievances about a religious poem read at a  university graduation ceremony. The university is non-religious. I have since acquired the text of the poem from the university chaplain who read it. I could swear he didn't read the "Christ our Lord" part, but I do remember the invocation to "Eternal God." The original text reads as follows.

A Blessing for Graduates
Eternal God, in you we live, and move, and have our being.
In your will we find our purpose, and in your wisdom we find our joy.
Bless these graduates who have completed a course of study and now begin a new part of their lives.
Let them not be troubled about the past nor anxious about the future, but let them be concerned about the moment they must now live. 
Strengthen their faith and ease their fears that they may courageously follow your Spirit and live fully the life you give them.
When in doubt and confusion about their purpose surround them, light their way and give them peace in your plan for them.
Let them use the gifts they have received in their studies that they may become a source of inspiration and blessing for the world. 
And when each day is ended, give them delight in knowing that the good work you have begun in them shall come to completion in you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
-Diana Macalintal From the May issue of Give Us This Day. Liturgical Press. 

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