On Wednesday, we celebrated the feast of St Francis of Assisi (1181 - 1226). We are reminded by his example, teachings, charism and spirituality of our role in building God’s kingdom.
We are also very conscious of the great need for peace…
- Peace in our world as many continue to be hungry and flee danger
- Peace in Australia as we contemplate the Referendum
- Peace in our communities where hurt and pain exist
- Peace in our hearts…
So, we pray this Prayer of Peace attributed to 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.