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duncan wyllie

(19.10.68 / bradford on avon)

The Prayer of St Francis of Assisi


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 darkness, light;
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.


The Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

St. Francis was born at Assisi in 1182. After a care free youth, he turned his back on inherited wealth and committed himself to God. Like many early saints, he lived a very simple life of poverty, and in so doing, gained a reputation of being the friend of animals. He established the rule of St Francis, which exists today as the Order of St. Francis, or the Franciscans. He died in 1226, aged 44.

Submitted: Friday, December 14, 2007
Edited: Saturday, April 30, 2011

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  • Joe Breunig (1/4/2012 6:10:00 AM)

    Thanks for sharing this gem; prayers are still applicable today; more than ever, we need more people to 'walk in the love of God' and thus bring down the peace of heaven to Earth.

    Another enjoyable piece; appreciated the footnote; makes one wonder how long will Truth remain elusive to the intellect of maknind; wonderfully written.

    -Joe Breunig
    Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory (Report) Reply

  • Sara S (1/13/2010 2:24:00 PM)

    thank you! reminds me of a hymn that a family at our church sang for us once :) wish I could remember the name... (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (7/28/2009 3:23:00 PM)

    I love this prayer Duncan. I can remember having a beautiful coloured picture of St. Francis in my prayer book when I was a child with all the animals around him. One never forgets pictures like that. Lovely to read it once again.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Blakemore (3/30/2009 10:35:00 AM)

    This is indeed a most beautiful prayer and is as relevant today as when it was written. A wonderful posting Duncan. Best wishes, Andrew (Report) Reply

  • Melody Rhymer (12/14/2007 3:09:00 PM)

    My favorite prayer and Saint...WHY..it's my brithday he is honored on..and I just fell in love with that prayer and everything about him...that prayer sums up everything you should or can be in Christ...amen..thank you for posting that...I needed that today (Report) Reply

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