Peace Prayer

While often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, the Peace Prayer wasn’t written by the saint. However, it remains a popular traditional prayer.


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 prophetic call from St. Francis reminds us that when we get out of our comfort zone and set ways we discover a deeper way of living and refreshment of spirit.


As we reflect and meditate on this prayer, we love the holy spirit to help us let go of excess baggage and walk with ever-increasing freedom and authenticity.