Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Prayer for the World

This is a Prayer I use daily and has become a part of my Creed. While I officially do not subscribe to any religion, I was and am profoundly influenced by the depth of humility, love and humanitarian efforts set forth by Saint Francis. It is better to Give than to Receive, and it is better to Console rather than to be Consoled. When you Truly give of yourself, the peace from within is worth more than all the riches in the world.

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.

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