The St. Francis Prayer

Yesterday, a friend (thank you, Tara) posted something on her Facebook page and her blog that struck a chord with me (I recommend her blog, by the way). Though neither she nor I are “believers,” we seem to share a good bit of philosophy that coincides with Christianity. Tara is a fan of Anne Lamott, as am I, and a post on Lamott’s page inspired Tara to post this, the St. Francis Prayer:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
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.

Judging from the responses to her post, there are a lot of atheists out there for whom many of the sentiments of the Saint Francis Prayer ring true.

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"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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