The Heart of the Matter
July 28, 2019


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.


"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 28, 2019 09:13 PM


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.

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

The best way I can help myself
is to place all doubt and fear
outside myself
and laugh at it.

Murray Willis

Posted by: Murray Willis [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 3, 2018 04:57 PM

The best way I can help myself
is to place all doubt and fear
outside myself
and laugh at it.

� Murray Willis

Posted by: Susan Bernard [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 24, 2020 03:09 AM

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