A Prayer on Sunday

Pocket Wisdom of Jeanette Dunn AThis prayer is often attributed to St Francis of Assisi, although its history suggests that it only appeared in 1912 in Paris. In 1920 a French Franciscan printed it on the back of a picture of St Francis, and it seemsĀ the attribution stuck. Whatever its origin, it is a beautiful prayer:

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;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

2 thoughts on “A Prayer on Sunday

    1. Hi Sova – and welcome! Yes, this is a beautiful and powerful prayer. I think God would love us praying this prayer because it will begin to work its changes in us, first of all. God bless you!

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