Truth and Beauty

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Praying from the Holy Scriptures

This nearly 1000 years old prayer is still relevant today.


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; 

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 light. 


St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) 




Other Wisdom from St. Francis 

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. 

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. 

No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.