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.

"The Prayer of St. Francis is a famous prayer which first appeared around the year 1915 A.D. and which embodies the spirit of St. Francis's simplicity and poverty."  St. Francis is the founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181.--