Prayer of St. Francis

Yesterday I came across this essay titled “Stop Asking God to Make a Better World.” It’s from James Denison, the “theologian-in-residence” for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, which is a moderate (i.e. – not fundamentalist) Baptist association. The essay is rather weak, but it has a good point – a point that was expressed in a much better way in a prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

"Readership levels in and of themselves are poor measures of the value of writing. Much ..."

The Storm is Strengthening – Put ..."
"Well that puts a lot into perspective. My Spouse came home - after a long ..."

The Storm is Strengthening – Put ..."
"I respect that approach. But I see things differently."

Is Unconditional Belief Required in Paganism?
"The reason that I chose to be pagan is because of it strong belief in ..."

Is Unconditional Belief Required in Paganism?

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment