Saturday, November 14, 2015

Vive la France

A good morning to be alive --- and for this prayer attributed to St. Francis (even though its form dates from about 1912). Applicable no matter how one experiences what Paul Tillich described as the ground of being.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we 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.

Prayer, after all, is merely a call to action --- individually and collectively. Vive la France!

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