Monday, December 04, 2006
"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;
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
-St Francis of Assisi
I love this small prayer. It acts as an internal compas helping me to direct my thoughts,relationships and actions..
St. Francis' prayer is a bold one, asking for strength to give of ourselves to meet the needs of others.
Of course I often find myself falling short .. But it sort of inspires me to try to do better..
He is one of the saints I adore cos of his beautiful thoughts, focus on peace , his love for animals, birds and the enviornment..
So if you're bold enough, pray the prayer.