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Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Wheelchair Philosopher endorses the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

St. Francis Hospital - Long Island, NY
Photo by Laura Cerrano
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I was raised in the Catholic Christian religious tradition, and while I am not in any way a strict fundamentalist, I do feel a powerful and palpable connection to this prayer attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi in the Thirteenth Century. The prayer continues to guide my moral compass in all areas of my life -- especially here at this blog. The Wheelchair Philosopher blog has a distinct purpose to give the help, hope and motivation to people of all walks (and rolls) of life and at all ability levels that I know in my heart that it can. I believe all people have value and can choose to gift themselves to the world with their own unique talents I pray with all others who feel this way that this prayer's message, no matter your spiritual beliefs, is never lost on this blog or you, the reader for your benefit and blessing.

The Prayer of Saint 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 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.

Roll on! 

P.S. I have kept this zone which is normally reserved for advertising ad free out of reverence for this prayer's dignity. Thank you.

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