Who would Saint Francis love?

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.

For me, the most helpful line in St. Francis’s Prayer is the last: “…and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

It has been especially helpful in reminding me to let go of my tightly held ego-bound requirements for myself and others, that we may be worthy of love.

When I “die” to self, I relax those requirements. What else but the insecure ego forces ourselves and others to conform to a standard in order to be worthy of love?


~ by fourstar on January 9, 2006.

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