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.
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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Do I strive to cultivate peace in my interior life – making time for silence, prayer, and listening for the still, small voice of God?
Are my words, gestures, and actions motivated by a desire to cultivate peace? Or do I speak and act without thinking of peace, lashing out at those around me (including my children, spouse, and people in my family, church, or community)?
In my interactions online, do I “speak” with peace to others, even when it is difficult?
Am I concerned with issues of violence that plague my community and the world (including but not limited to physical, spiritual, emotional, and sexual violence, abortion, child abuse, euthanasia, and genocide)? Have I sought to educate myself on these issues so I can work for peace on behalf of vulnerable people?
Have I resisted hard discussions out of fear, not realizing that peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of God’s justice?
Am I willing to put myself in the place of another, trying to understand their worldview, ideas, and experiences before judging them harshly?
Do I go to the margins in my family, community, and Church seeking to welcome and befriend those who are often invisible or left out?
Take this week to honestly examine your life and your priorities. Hold your life up to the light of Christ. Look for imperfections and shortcomings. Resolve to be open to conversion and to be better with and for the Lord.
Let Us Pray
Jesus, you are the Prince of Peace. Help me sow the peace that only comes from You in my self, my relationships, my interactions with others, and my community. Amen.
For Your Inspiration
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