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The Prayer of Saint Francis

"Lord Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace"

The "Saint Francis Prayer" is attributed to the revered and well-known 13th century Catholic saint, Francis of Assisi. While the message of the prayer is consistent with the message of Francis, the prayer in its present form doesn't seem to pre-date 1912, when it first appeared in a French spiritual magazine "La Clochette" (The Little Bell), published by The Holy Mass League. The author's name was not published. Either way, it is a popular and powerful prayer for promoting peace, love, pardon, and understanding as espoused by Francis and other Christian saints. Saint Francis is celebrated on October 4th.

Statue of Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis Prayer
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;
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;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
Traditionally ascribed to Saint Francis of Assisi

Last updated 10-03-2017

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