The Prayer of Saint Francis, relevant though the holy man didn’t write it

July 24, 2017


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A prayer, often attributed to Saint Francis but traceable only to the early 20th-century, reminds us of who Christians are meant to be and how we are meant to act. This prayer is especially appropriate in eras of flinging accusations. I’ve begun praying it in hopes that God will shape me more into the image of Christ. I pray the image shines even when I feel called to levy redemptive criticism.

I share it here for those who longing to be vehicles of peace even as we drive through our current day’s hollering and mayhem:

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.

About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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