Jonathan Foust

December 23, 2008

The Prayer of St. Francis

Filed under: Dharma, Quotation, Video — jonathanfoust @ 7:17 am

In the Monday Night class at St. Mark’s Episcopal last night we explored Buddhist and Christian contemplative traditions.  Collie read the St. Francis prayer, pausing to let each line be an object of meditation and reflection.  I was quite moved by the play of phrases and silence.  

I’m in the middle of writing a talk for the upcoming New Year’s Retreat on the Path of the Bodhisattva and am struck at what potent words these are as we look to a new year.

Here’s a rendition of the St. Francis Prayer by Sarah Maclachlan:

The words:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy 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.

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks, Brother. Your reading of this at St. Francis was equally touching. I recall that it was followed by a prayer of the Bhodisattva. Can you also post this?

    In Friendship and Peace,

    Comment by John — January 11, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

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