Praying Pause- A Prayer by St. Francis

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,

Where there is sadness, joy.

~ Breathing calmly, what speaks most clearly to you in the words above… what is yours do to at this time… start with one… we don’t need to do everything all at once …

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console,

Not so much to be understood as to understand,

Not so much to be loved, as to love;

~ Reading the above… what do you need most at this time… love, understanding or consolation… breathe into it…

For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

It is in dying that we awake to eternal life. Amen.

~ Living into this beautiful prayer, holding one thought close to your heart… what will it it be?