March 09, 2011

Lent Begins - Make me an instrument of your peace.

I am continually drawn to the ancient prayers of the saints. Those that have gone before us. If I had a favorite ancient prayer, it would be this one, so this is where I will start on this day of remembrance. We came from ashes, and ashes we will be again.

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,
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, not so much to be understood as to understand, not so much to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

St. Francis Of Assisi