Prayers to Light Your Path: The 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.

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.

by Saint Francis of Assissi

With all the social unrest and divisiveness in the world right now, there are many temptations to engage in negative and even hateful dialogue and actions, which will only exacerbate the problems we are collectively facing. This prayer by St. Francis of Assisi invokes the full wisdom of Christianity, which can help us walk by faith and spread the the Light of Christ through these dark times.

How are you actively working to be an instrument of peace in your family and community right now? Comment below, and I’ll be delighted to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Lord, thank you for the wisdom of this prayer, which was written by Saint Francis, who followed you into poverty in order to bring more of Your peace and love into the world. Give us the courage to be more like him, willing to make sacrifices for the greater good and Your Glory! In Jesus name, we pray. Amen

written by Nicky Gant for 1/11/2021

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