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Day 25. St. Francis of Assisi: Peace prayer

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Each day of Lent (minus Sundays) we'll bring you words of wisdom from spiritual guides.

25. St. Francis of Assisi: Peace 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 sadness, joy.

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.

It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Although the authorship of this prayer, first printed in the early 20th century, remains unclear, it has traditionally been attributed to St. Francis of Assisi (1181/82 - 1226), the founder of the Franciscans.

Find spiritual advice for Lent from other guides in 40 days to a new you.