VERDICT: the finding or decision of a jury on the matter submitted to it in trial
My heart is heavy and I am relieved that today is a day when, as a matter of habit, I rely on the words of others. In this time when I find myself at a loss for words of my own, I am taking refuge in these words from a Benedictine blessing:
May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.
May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.
May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done…