"Make me an instrument..." Prayer of St. Francis

I did something last night that I haven't done in awhile. I get wrapped up in devil's advocacy, deconstruction, cynicism and "righteous" indignation and it can often separate me from the sense of spiritual connectedness that has so often, and so faithfully, sustained me throughout my life.

Last night, as I lay in bed trying to sleep, I prayed the Prayer of St. Francis. Not verbatim - I don't have it memorized - but as much as I could remember.

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.

Humility is a lesson we need taught and retaught. Obedience, even moreso. "Obedience" doesn't come natural for me, for my generation or for my culture. Obedience is counter-intuitive, even as I speak words that suggest I value it.

Lord, use me. Make me an instrument. Help me be less of a douche...


Wickle said...

I don't have the prayer memorized, either. To be honest, I know it best from the song "Make Me An Instrument" by the Ragamuffin Band.

It is beautiful, though. It's not full of the big theological terms and proclamations, it stands among those well-known and famous prayers much like "Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner!"

I think St. Francis knew a lot of things that we forget when we try to get too theological.

anthony said...

Thank you for very helpful post. St. Francis's Prayer should be bloggers' prayer. Anthony

Kelly said...

i've always loved that prayer. its beautiful :)

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