Friday, October 9, 2009

Saint Francis and The True Prize of Peace

The patron saint of Captain and Dorito was celebrated on October 4, which was also the 21st birthday of cousin Lindsay this year! We gifted Dorito and Cousin Grant with a saint statue in a triptyche. I was thinking today how St. Francis is an apt model for peace in our 21st Century, too. Maybe the Nobel Committee has never read the "Peace Prayer of St. Francis." The prayer was not written by the Italian friar, but it beautifully capitalizes on his virtuous lifestyle:

Lord, make me a channel 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;

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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