Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Whether this prayer can be attributed directly to St. Francis or not, it certainly is Franciscan and it certainly reflects his spirit so effused by the Spirit of God. Most of us laypersons are not theologians, or even called to be, but we are all called to carry water for our brothers and sisters in physical and spiritual need.

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. Amen

He asked Jesus, Who is my neighbor?