Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Monday, October 3, 2016
The Wonderful St. Francis Prayer
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. On Saturday, I practiced blessing animals, remembering what St. Francis loved.
Today, I am posting the Prayer of St. Francis. I love this prayer. Many, many people quote it, and read it, and pray it on a regular basis. Sometimes, daily. People of all denominations, all ages, all races and ethnicities. People of faith who do not regularly attend church. And, people in the recovery community. All of these, and many more, remember these wise words. Heartfelt words.
It does not matter. St. Francis knew that each of us needs peace, understanding, compassion, and consolation. Here is the prayer.
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.
(Let it be so, dear Lord.)
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