The Prayer of Saint Francis is a Catholic Christian prayer. It is attributed to the 13th-century Saint Francis of Assisi.
This wonderful prayer and song is beautifully sung by Sinead O’Connor.
THE PRAYER OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.
Inspirational prayers transcend denominational lines, becoming part of the fabric of faith and inspiration for masses of believers seeking solace or comfort in difficult times. “A prayer for all times and all peoples” Given today’s climate of political upheaval and war in so many areas of our world, contemplation of the Peace Prayer seems to be even more relevant than ever. Few prayers are more popular around the world and better loved than the “Peace Prayer of St. Francis.” Nearly everyone recognizes a happy harmony between the words of this prayer and the generous, joy-filled and peace-loving spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. The first appearance of the Peace Prayer, occurred in France in 1912 in a small spiritual magazine called La Clochette.
Saint Francis saw this as his mission in life to bring peace and love to the world. Saint Francis advised his followers that in going about the world “they should not be quarrelsome or take part in disputes with words…or criticize others; but they should be gentle, peaceful and unassuming, courteous and humble, speaking respectfully to everyone…. Whatever house they enter, they should first say, ‘Peace to this house'”(Cf. Luke 10:5). Surely, Francis was an instrument of peace.