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 ourselves may seek
Not so much 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 by losing that we find;
It is by forgiving that we are forgiven;
And it is by dying that we rise again
To eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
( A prayer by Francis de Assisi, 1182-1226.)