I have posted in the past asking for prayers for my husband, myself and my family but today I would like to offer a prayer. I was going through pictures and putting them in album and came across pictures from a vacation that my husband and I had taken last year to the International Peace Gardens which is in north central North Dakota. It is a beautiful place and within the Garden is the Peace Chapel. In the Chapel along three walls carved in stone are different prayers and words of peace. With everything that is going on in our lives and our world today I thought that I would offer this prayer St. Francis.
MAKE ME AN INSTRUMENT OF THY PEACE.
WHERE THERE IS HATRED, LET ME SOW LOVE.
WHERE THERE IS INJURY, PARDON.
WHERE THERE IS DISCORD, UNION.
WHERE THERE IS DOUBT, FAITH.
WHERE THERE IS DESPAIR, HOPE.
WHERE THERE IS DARKNESS, LIGHT.
WHERE THERE IS SADNESS, JOY.
O ALMIGHTY LORD,
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.
PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI