St. Francis of Assisi Peace Prayer

St Francis of Assisi Peace Prayer

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.

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  • […] St. Francis of Assisi is credited with popularizing the crèche tradition. On December 24, 1223, he reenacted the birth of Christ inside a cave just outside the Italian city of Greccio (in the region of Lazio). St. Bonaventure described what occurred that night in his writings titled, The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi, in 1263. According to St. Bonaventure, St. Francis was preparing to celebrate midnight mass in the chapel of the Franciscan friary, when he realized that the space was too small to accommodate all the people expected to attend mass. He found a more suitable space in a nearby cave and set up an altar. In order to make the celebration more meaningful, St. Francis decided to prepare a manger, fill it with hay and add an ox and a donkey. Crowds of people flocked to the area and soon the area was filled with candlelight and with the sounds of prayers being recited and the singing of psalms. […]

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