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let me be an instrument of peace

I am not a Christian or (for that matter) a Catholic but I read this prayer from St Francis this morning and I liked it so I am sharing it.

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, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
St. Francis of Assisi.

I feel like this is especially relevant today with all of the hate that seems to be pervasive lately. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the practice of cultivating kindness. I feel like the world needs more kindness right now.

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4 thoughts on “let me be an instrument of peace

  1. When I was a kid, our local NBC station was owned by the University of Notre Dame. Each morning when the station signed on, they played a recording of father Theodore Hesburgh reading this prayer. I heard it so often, that for years I could recite it from memory.

    There’s a little more to it, and I think the best part is the second half.

    http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/prayer/traditional-catholic-prayers/saints-prayers/peace-prayer-of-saint-francis

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  2. As a dreaded non-believer, I still find relevance and even inspiration in the words of some very spiritual humans–St. Francis would be near the top of the list, along with Thomas Merton…so many others. Something good about the confluence of contemplation and modesty, and the people led to those things.

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    1. Me too! I am technically an atheist but St Francis is cool
      And Jesus isn’t too bad either, when you look at what he actually truly teaches (and not his followers)

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