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A Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your 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.


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  • Amaryllis

    From your mouth to God’s ear.

    Because, so far, 2013 is showing a clear preference for the doubt, darkness, and despair side of the ledger.

  • ohiolibrarian

    The big cookie of Christianity is eternal life, but I have never understood why it is attractive. After having some conversations with loved ones … What then? An endless time with nothing of significance to do. And you might remember why you your parents drove you crazy when you lived with them.

  • Well i know what song will be in my head today (not to mention memories of “folk mass” where this song was sung by earnest, acoustic guitar playing song leaders)…

  • Foreigner

    Ack. Not a quotation associated with St Francis in UKia … not associated with a bright new dawn at all.

  • alfgifu

    Well, it is for people like me who read about St Francis before hearing the Thatcher version. And I don’t see why she should be allowed to spoil a powerful poem/prayer for the rest of us.

    (It also helps that I am too young to really remember the Thatcher years, admittedly.)

  • Foreigner

    Lucky for you, young’un. If you want to know what it was like, think H P Lovecraft, only with more hairspray.

  • Chrissl

    Well, um. It’s a nice prayer, but apparently its attribution to St. Francis apparently comes from its presence on a 1920s holy card with St Francis on the front, from what I can tell.

    Nevertheless, everyone knows what you mean today when you say “Prayer of St. Francis,” and certainly Franciscans as well as others love this and use it frequently.

    I am also told that “At all times, preach the Gospel. When necessary, use words,” is similarly in the spirit of the Saint but equally apocryphal as an actual quotation.

  • This prayer is inextricably linked in my mind with the unfortunate preacher from the first season of Deadwood.  Which of course only makes me like it even more.