“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is error, truth;
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;
It is in self-forgetting that we find;
And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life.
The above is known as The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis.
It’s not known who the author of this classic prayer is, and it was not until the 1920s that it was even ascribed to Saint Francis. By one account the prayer was found in 1915 in Normandy, written on the back of a card of Saint Francis.
Regardless of who wrote it, it certainly contains words that resonate with me. I came across it recently after many years and I thought I’d share it with you.
I don’t believe you have to believe in ‘God’ to take inspiration from these words. I think they speak to something universal in the human spirit – the recognition of something that we can often lose connection to.
Perhaps these are the things that really matter most.
This is the last Monday Morning Inspire Me for 2023. More to come in 2024.:)
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