Thursday, October 4, 2018

Francis of Assisi



Today is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, so in his honor, here's the Carpenter's recording of Bless the Beasts and the Children. Here, too, is the most famous prayer attributed to him (though it was almost certainly written by someone else—probably in the early 20th century).

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;
and 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.
Amen.

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