Monday, August 2, 2010

Where There is Hatred, Let Us Sow Love

There seems to be far too much contention and strife in day to day life in this day and age. Admittedly, I am quite guilty of being a cause of that contention and strife too. That being so, I came across this prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi. I recall it being sung as a beautiful hymn on occasion as well. It somehow seems to be appropriate and in need.

Where there is hatred, let us sow love

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we 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.

St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

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