The prayer of St Francis of Assisi has had a huge influence. It has been adapted into the famous 12 step Alcoholics Anonymous programme and can be found in chapter 11. It has also been made into a hymn that is traditionally sung once a year in the Royal Albert Hall at the service of remembrance in November by The Royal British Legion. The song is named 'Make me a channel of your peace'. Many different versions of the prayer exist. The most popular is the following:
- 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;
- 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.
Reflect on the prayer and think of areas in your life to which it applies and pray into them.