Peace & The Prayer of St. Francis

The state of the world right now is saddening. Sometimes I stare at the headlines and even billboards posted around my city and wonder if this is reality. Are these things truly happening? Terrorism, racism, systemic violence, flaunting of sin, any possible evil one could conceive of. It would be so easy to fall into despair. That can be the temptation. But see, that is how evil continues–when the just sit back and despair.

So, how do we not despair, so that we may bring peace? By remembering that we carry the hope of Christ.  That hope is everything. Each of us is meant to be an ambassador of Christ, an ambassador of hope, wherever we are. Peace begins in our hearts. From there, it spreads. I was reminded of the prayer of St. Francis (also a hymn). Will you pray, too? May our lowly lives bring peace to our corners of this very broken world–peace that will spread in ways that only our God knows.

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.

(Found at http://www.prayerguide.org.uk/stfrancis.htm)

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