St Francis

(Patron of Ecologists & Animal Welfare)

St Francis

THE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

(Patron of Ecologists & Animal Welfare)

The Prayer of St. Francis is one of the best known and best loved prayers in the world today. Attributed traditionally to St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), its actual origins are much more recent. Nonetheless it beautifully reflects his devotion to God!

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;

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.

Amen.