A very famous prayer of peace by St. Francis of Assisi. The prayer has been said by millions world wide. The prayer is a simple one but one that we can all use in our daily lives.
The principles of the prayer are ones that would please God, and ones that if we all had the requests the world would be a better place.
Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred,
Let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
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.
You may enjoy this brief bio on St. Francis written for children by May Louise Harvey in her book, The American Normal Readers: Fourth Book published in 1907.
St. Francis of Assisi
by May Louise Harvey
Did you ever hear of the good St. Francis of Assisi? All little children should know of the great good which he did in the world. He gave up his riches and his pleasures that he might go and preach to the people, telling them of Christ their Lord and Master. Many were led by him to believe in Jesus Christ and to serve God with their whole hearts.
St. Francis loved all things which God had made. He used to talk to the little birds, calling them his sisters, and he even preached to them at one time. He told them how thankful they ought to be for their freedom, and for the sweet fresh air in which to fly. He said they ought to praise God always for food and raiment and for all their blessings.
It is said that the birds stopped singing to listen to him, and when he had finished, broke forth into glorious song. Does it not seem as if they understood and were always praising God for His goodness? St. Francis was always very kind to all creatures.
They seemed to know that he was their friend, and they would always do as he wished. Even the wolves would cease their ravages at his bidding. He provided food for the bees and for the birds in the cold winter, saying that they should have a joyous Christmas.
It was St. Francis who first made a Crib of Bethlehem on the feast of Christmas. In this way he helped many to remember that Christ came to earth as a little child for our salvation.
In the convent which St. Francis founded, his disciples first ordered the Angelus bell to be rung at close of day. They wished to recall the greeting of the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee."
From that day to this the sweet bells of the Angelus have pealed forth at the sunset hour. There is no land where those bells are not heard, no country where devout people hearing them do not pause to repeat the angel's greeting.
We have great reason for being grateful to good St. Francis. He was very poor and humble, but now all the world delights to do him honor.