Feast of St. Francis of Assisi [Day 12]

Excerpt from Thirsting for God: Daily Meditations by Mother Teresa (Edited by Angelo D. Scolozzi, M.C.III.O)

Let us continue to say the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi every day. It is really helping us to come closer to each other.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred let me sew love,
where there is injury let me sew pardon,
where there is doubt let me sew faith,
where there is despair let me give hope,
where there is sadness let me give joy.

O divine master, grant that I may
not try to be comforted but to comfort,
not try to be understood but to understand,
not try to be loved but to love.

Because it is in giving that we receive,
it is forgiving that we are forgiven,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

This is one of my favorite prayers. I think it is incredibly important for us to meet the needs of the world (grand, I know). To make life better for others. And this is where I digress to my favorite quote:

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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