Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pope Francis Meet the Prayer of Saint Francis

St. Peter's Square, Vatican City

Pope Francis took his name from Saint Francis of Assisi. The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi serves as a gentle reminder of what we hope to seek in others, if not ourselves, regardless of our affiliations.

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.


Also known as, The Peace Prayer of St. Francis this famous prayer did not come from the hand of St. Francis. Surprisingly, it's origins date to the beginning of the 20th century. It appeared in French in 1912 and gained prominence throughout the first World War. It is also said that the poem/prayer was scribbled on the back of a St. Francis prayer card and that is said to be how the prayer came to be attributed to St. Francis. The prayer also serves followers of Alcoholics Anonymous. In popular culture, Sarah McLachlan has recorded a version of the prayer on her 1997 disc, Surfacing.

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