Monday, December 22, 2008

St Francis of Assisi

Whilst in Italy, I visited Assisi. It was a quiet little town with a big monastery on a slope. I forgot all about it until today I was just thinking about the prayer of St Francis...

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.

Thought about it because... sometimes I get frustrated when "Person A so totally doesn't understand me." But I think that's beside the point, isn't it? The whole point is, do I try to understand them?

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