The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

October 4, 2015 0 comments

Francis Bernadone is one of the most universally loved Christian saints. He was born in Assisi, Italy, in the 1100’s. At the age of twenty-two, after a sudden illness that brought him almost to the point of death, he left his home and inheritance to follow an injunction that he felt he received from Christ himself: “Francis, go and rebuild my Church.” Three great Franciscan orders quickly grew around the monks, nuns, and lay disciples who responded to his joyful example of universal love and selfless service.

After today’s beautiful feast day mass, commemorating the life of St. Francis of Assisi, I would like to share his special prayer. While I don’t usually write/ share about religion, as I believe that people find God in many different ways, this prayer has meant so much to me over the years. I’ve found that it transcends the bounds of religion, and deeply penetrates the soul.

Read it. Then read it again. Meditate on it. Every day. And then watch how your heart is transformed.

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy 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 to self that we are born to eternal life.


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