The Prayer of Saint Francis, also known as “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace”, is widely attributed to 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 discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And 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 in its present form cannot be traced back further than 1912, when it was printed in Paris in French, in a small spiritual magazine called La Clochette (The Little Bell), published by La Ligue de la Sainte-Messe (The Holy Mass League).
Image: St Francis of Assisi by José de Ribera "lo Spagnoletto" (better known as Jusepe de Ribera, 1591-1652), a Spanish Tenebrist painter and printmaker.
Source: José de Ribera [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Prayer text: Wikipedia