Jun 6, 2009

On Generosity

I came across this prayer the other day in a book I was reading. It's attributed to St. Francis, but can't be tracked back further than the early part of the twentieth century. Anyway, I thought it was helpful.

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;
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.



matthew said...


The Blossers said...

Indeed. I especially like the lines about consolation and understanding.

BTW, your new blog looks great!