The Praying Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace!

 (part 10)


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.


     Although there is no ancient manuscript in existence which definitively proves that St. Francis of Assisi wrote the familiar text known as THE PEACE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS, there is ample evidence in the early biographies which proves that he lived this compelling Gospel prayer in all its demanding fullness.

    It would be a rewarding study to return to some of the Franciscan sources and rediscover our Seraphic Father’s methods for sowing love, nurturing hope, cultivating peace and bringing forth joy.

    But the forward-moving Francis would have us take our research even further – into our homes and work places, parish centers and neighborhoods – to name just a few fields ripe for the sowing of Gospel goodness.  May our generous efforts to follow this great peace-making Saint in spiritual sowing bring forth a great harvest of pardon and peace, joy and hope, in and through our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and source of eternal Life.

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