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;
It is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
NOTE: While this prayer is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, is was not actually written by him. In fact, it was written just around 100 years ago, probably around WWI. It was found written on the observe of a holy card of St. Francis, which was found in a Normal Almanac. The prayer bore no name; but in the English speaking world, on account of this holy card, it came to be called the Peace Prayer of St. Francis. That said, however, the prayer embodies the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi’s simplicity and poverty; and outside of the Lord’s Prayer, it’s probably the “most popular” of all prayers among all religions. ….Blessings…cjlb… 5/3/15.