Prayer of St Francis


Lord, make me an instrument of your will and of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love,
where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt let me believe.
Let me bring hope in despair and light in the darkness,
and in sorrow let me know joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
as to console and understand;
Not to be loved as to love.
For in giving we receive, forgiving we are pardoned,
and so in dying we are born.
We are born, in dying, to eternal life.


-  St Francis of Assisi, adapted by Mark Lathan