October 3, 2016

Prayer of Saint Francis: "Make Us Instruments of Thy Peace"

Franciscan cross

Saint Francis wrote very little. The two sources attributed to him, St. Francis of Assisi: Omnibus of Sources and Francis and Clare: The Complete Works are succinct one-volume works. One thing is clear; St. Francis lived the Gospel to the letter, and loved God above all. Here is his most excellent prayer summarizing the mission and end of Christian life in imitation of Christ:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the 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.

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