There is going to be so much written in the next few hours and days about the new Pope. I for one, am intrigued by his choice of name. I am far from an expert on Catholic Saints and church history, but I’ve always loved the prayer that is attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi.
I said this prayer today while thinking of the newly elected Pope Francis. I said it again while thinking of my own mission and ministry. I prayed it again while thinking of the Church Universal, with all of its imperfections, failures, beauty, and hope.
- 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.