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Saturday, January 30, 2010

An Instrument of Peace

I would like to share my favorite prayer with you... the Peace Prayer of St. Francis. This prayer has long been my favorite, and has set the guidelines for what has become the central motive of my life. This prayer of blessed humility and great love for God and His World outlasts every age and every culture. To bring peace to others out of love of Christ without thinking of oneself is the most freeing and most beautiful act of love and friendship. For, peace is the most beautiful fruit of love.

I invite you to listen to this song. The voice of these words echoes the song of my heart, and it echoes the voice of peace. There is no greater comfort than to bring peace to another through love, and no more worthy purpose in life than to further Christ's love and peace in the world. For love and goodness radiates peace, and peace begets love and goodness.

The words of this prayer are within the image at the beginning of this post, but I will post them again:
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

Is there any more perfect way of furthering peace than to humble oneself? To make oneself holy through concern and love of others in Christ? Truly, Francis knew the secret of peace. If we are the ones to forget ourselves and our pride and give to others only Jesus, we shall ourselves receive a great capacity for love and peace which brings unspeakable joy to our hearts, which thirst only for these things of Christ. Jesus was gentle, kind, and supremely loving during His life on earth.... His was the way of peace and His was the greatest love, even unto death. Let us imitate Him always!

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