Friday, January 15, 2010

Prayer of St. Francis

As I continue to think about and pray for Haiti, I can't imagine NOT being moved to action. These are REAL individuals with REAL lives and souls. Please do not be complacent in your thinking and in your heart as if "they" are some nebulous abstract concept.

INDIVIDUALS are injured.

INDIVIDUALS are broken.

INDIVIDUALS are hungry and exposed.

It could be you. It could be your child. Or your mother. Or your friend.

Please, just do something.

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 Life.

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