Prayer of Saint Francis

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;

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. (Source)

 

I ran across this prayer and found it particularly moving. Not only is it inspiring as a prayer, but it can also be useful as a form of self-reflection. Take each line and ask yourself if it is true for you; so, where there is hatred, are you sowing love? Where there is injury, are you giving pardon? Where there is doubt, do you provide faith? Going through each line in this way is a powerful way to ask yourself about the attributes you have and those you’d like to improve.

My personal favorite line is the one that says “grant that I may not so much seek… to be understood as to understand.” That’s who I want to be- a person who seeks to understand rather than to be understood.

What line of the prayer embodies the type of person you aspire to be? 


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