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2Chronicles7:14-“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Prayer of St. Francis

Posted by wordforit on October 7, 2007

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Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

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;
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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2 Responses to “Prayer of St. Francis”

  1. marlajayne said

    This is such a beautiful prayer. Reading it brings make a memory of a situation that occurred about 15 years ago or so. There were some strained relations between a co-worker and me, and no matter what I said or did, she was determined to make mountains of molehills. My younger, less mature, less experienced self would often take offense or get angry. She was in my department, and I was determined that she would do things my way. Period. She was a very hard headed gal, and it seemed that we clashed at least weekly or more. I might add that she had run-ins and blowups with lots of people so I was just one of a number. Anyway, one day I attempted to talk to her and let her know that I sincerely respected her and her work and way of accomplishing the tasks we were asked to complete. She looked at me in sort of a dumbfounded way and seemed truly stumped about what to say next. Anyway, soon thereafter, I received a beautiful Christmas card from her, and it had this prayer on the front of it. I was so impressed with it that I kept it for a long time. It signified the beginning of a “softening” process for both of us.

  2. Odale said

    I think I knew her…;-)) Good story and great ending!!

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