The Heart of the Matter
July 10, 2017
There's a Saint Louis, Missouri, Why Not a Saint Francis?

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If you happen to be feeling overwhelmed at the moment, unappreciated, neglected, ignored, unloved, unsettled, diminished, disappointed, disillusioned, disgruntled, or just plain dissed, the following words from Saint Francis -- spoken over 800 years ago -- may be just what the doctor ordered.

By the way, you don't have to be a saint to get the value. Just a human being.

THE SAINT FRANCIS PRAYER

"O Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace!
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light, and
Where there is sorrow, joy.

Oh 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."

Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at July 10, 2017 09:13 PM

Comments

Thank you for this nice reminder of the prayer I copied (in Norwegian)on the back of a quote-card from the Bible........more than 40 years ago! That card is still with me and well used! "For ingen ting er umulig for Gud." "To God nothing is impossible".Luk.1-?
In my special "Quote-book" I've copied it in French.....I'm sure it's to be found in a lot of languages around the world !

Posted by: gret [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 4, 2008 02:20 PM

Thank you Divine M,this is exactly what I needed to be reminded after spending a month with a very sick brother.And it truly is Divine.
Srima

Posted by: Srima [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 5, 2014 06:03 AM

Posted by: sanfranciscojim1 [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 11, 2017 11:26 AM

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