“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.”
St. Francis of Assisi is best known for founding the Franciscan Order of Friars. His order was based on living in poverty, chastity, and obedience. He believed in spreading the Gospel through his everyday interactions with the attitude: “Preach constantly. When necessary, use words.”
Francis worked to be the Godly counter to Satan’s presence. He renounced riches, promiscuity, and privilege in favor of the poor, lowly life of a celibate friar. His famous prayer reflected his everyday attitude, to be an instrument of peace.
Where can we be instruments of peace?
When we have a conflict with a friend or family member, do we sow love, or hatred? If we are asked to give advice in a difficult situation, do we fuel fire or offer water?
Are we able to forgive when someone hurts us? Do we hold grudges, or pardon those who trespass against us? Can we forgive our spouse for making the same mistakes over and over again through our lives together?
Have we answered the call to counsel our loved ones struggling in their faith? Is it easier to leave them be and not risk upsetting them? Or do we love them enough to tell them they are putting their souls in danger when they abandon God?
Are we well-rounded enough in our own trust in God to say, “His will is best.” When we are faced with despair, darkness, and sadness, can we choose to live in God’s hope, light, and joy? Could we encourage that same hope to another person?
Do our everyday actions reflect the peace of God’s presence? Are we a good influence on the people around us? Can we leave our friends, family members, coworkers, cashiers, fellow drivers on the road better than we found them? Even if all we do is give someone a smile or a friendly hello? Or ask them how they’re doing and actually care to hear the answer?
How can we be instruments of peace?