St. Francis of Assisi is attributed to this 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,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
St. Francis is someone i knew nothing about until today. i’d seen this prayer with his name at the end many times and thought it was beautiful. i remember praying it every day for a month in college for some sort of study.
so i did a little research and i found this blog post which explains that he didn’t actually write this prayer. oops.
He did live this prayer though. and that’s the most important thing. and this prayer is an example as we continue this journey on learning more about prayer. it is a beautiful prayer that calls us to be a better person but also begs for God to help us be the person He has called us to be.
how cool is it that this man lived such a prayerful life that a prayer written centuries later is considered attributed to him even though he didn’t write it?