heaven on earth

I'm not so much a religious person, but I have lately found myself questing for spiritual meaning and action (for lack of a better phrase). Simple daily compassion & courage ... that sort of thing. I came across this prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. I've heard it before; probably most of us have. But it's time to cast some fresh and childlike eyes on it again. Read it with care (rather than skim it) and see what comes up for you.

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.

I think this is worthy of a New Year's resolution. Or beat the crowd and let's start today.


Shannon said...

OK. I'm in.
Shannon | 11.07.06 - 6:50 pm |

Basil said...

Gawd, you're making this Catholic boy get all nostalgic. Fine, I'm in too.
Basil | 11.10.06 - 5:18 pm |

Rachel said...

Willingly joining the club. It's neat to re-read all the stuff we knew by rote as kids and realize that it actually means something.
Rachel | 11.13.06 - 6:52 pm |