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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.

  • 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.

  • http://vicwelle.wordpress.com victoria

    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)…

    http://youtu.be/YWVQLojvHVU

  • 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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=659001961 Brad Ellison

    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.


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