Monday, July 14, 2008

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

A little more background about me... I was raised in a strict Roman Catholic family, baptized, first holy communion, confirmation, altar boy.

For confirmation I picked the confirmation name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. I stopped using the name around the same time I left the church, but have recently decided to keep the name for who and what it honors and why.
The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy 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.



Theo Huffman said...

Have you ever noticed how much similarity there is between St Francis's "Hymn to the Sun" and Akhenaten's "Hymn to Aten"?


An Unknown Philosopher said...

If we get started on that one, who knows where we'll end up :)

But for other readers who want to form there own opinions... here's some interesting links:

Wikipedia: Great Hymn to Aten

Psalm 104

Canticle to Brother Sun (by St Francis of Assisi)