The Peace Prayer of St. Francis


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 was born at Assisi in 1182. After a care-free, materialistic and hedonistic youth, he turned his back on inherited wealth and committed himself to God. He moved from being a “playa” to being a pray-er! Like many early saints, he lived a very simple life of poverty, and in so doing, gained a reputation of being the friend of animals. He established the rule of St. Francis, which exists today as the Order of St. Francis, or the Franciscans. He died in 1226, aged 44.

This prayer has many of the Biblical truths of what it means to be a Christian.