Thursday, October 05, 2006

St. Francis

Alright already. I forgot to change the date on my watch. I'm a whole 24 hours off. I thought today was the 4th of October. Why can't we have a set number of days in a month? That would make keeping track of the date on my watch much easier -- I wouldn't have to keep fixing it every two months.

Anyway, Happy belated St. Francis Day.

Here are two prayers of Francis' that I like. I hope you do too.

The Prayer of ST. Francis before the Cross at San Damiano.

Most High glorious God, bring light to the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith, certain hope and perfect charity, insight and wisdom,
so I can always observe your holy and true command. Amen.

The Prayer of St. Francis:

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.

And if your prefer the original that Francis wrote himself:
Seigneur, faites de moi un instrument de votre paix.
Là où il y a de la haine, que je mette l'amour.
Là où il y a l'offense, que je mette le pardon.
Là où il y a la discorde, que je mette l'union.
Là où il y a l'erreur, que je mette la vérité.
Là où il y a le doute, que je mette la foi.
Là où il y a le désespoir, que je mette l'espérance.
Là où il y a les ténèbres, que je mette votre lumière.
Là où il y a la tristesse, que je mette la joie.
Ô Maître, que je ne cherche pas tant à être consolé qu'à consoler, à être compris qu'à comprendre, à être aimé qu'à aimer, car c'est en donnant qu'on reçoit, c'est en s'oubliant qu'on trouve, c'est en pardonnant qu'on est pardonné, c'est en mourant qu'on ressuscite à l'éternelle vie.

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