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Saint Francis Prayer…. Pray and Do

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When I look at the world today, there are so many things that I see happening that are not of God. I’m sure you see it too.

We are constantly faced with moral dilemmas and unfortunately fail to include God or let simple goodness prevail in our choices. God seems to have been pushed back so far away from our daily lives, from our society, that He is barely recognizable in people and events. I sometimes wonder about the future.

For parents, caregivers, families and friends, we are challenged to bring God into the forefront. The children in our care need us to protect them and guide them towards God. We owe it to these children to give them a future where the light of Christ shines brightly and that they themselves become the light of Christ to others.

We need to start with ourselves. The Prayer of Saint Francis beautifully instructs us of what we must do. It is in aspiring to be Christ that God triumphs! Let us pray the Prayer of Saint Francis and ask that our actions today and always be guided by this 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 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.
Amen.

 

Resources: Loyola Press

 

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