Prayer for Peace

Bishop DiLorenzo, in the light of the violence in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Texas is asking all the faithful to "turn our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ for strength, compassion and mercy." And he suggested we use the excellent, 800-year-old prayer of St. Francis.

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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