The Peace Prayer
I cannot believe I’ve never encountered this before. It is attributed to Francis of Assisi, even though it cannot be documented any earlier than 1912, when it was published anonymously in a French magazine.
There is so much here… I won’t waste your time with my own words.
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;
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.