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Christmas Prayer

Started by dhilts, 12/24/2009 01:06PM
Posted 12/24/2009 01:06PM Opening Post
There was a period of time in my life when I attended a Christmas retreat every year on the last weekend before Christmas. It was a chance to escape the rat race and hectic schedule of the holiday season and get get back to the grassroots of family, friends and society. It was hosted at a local Jesuit monastary which is on the outskirts of Toronto. Although this is basically a Catholic institution and I am not Catholic, I was made very welcome and was invited to participate in ceremonies that are typically closed to non-Catholics. It was there that I first heard the Prayer of St. Francis and so I refer to it as my Christmas Prayer. Merry Christmas to all.

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;
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.

Amen.