Make me a channel of your peace

We all go through hardships in life, some more than others. Its not the fact that we have them difficulties that God helps us, it’s through them difficulties that we help God. We help to fulfil his plan and be born again into eternal life.

The hymn, make me a channel of your peace, was sung at mass in cwmbran today and it was so powerful to me today more than ever. When you really listen to the words, you really do feel that you are asking God to transform us to his ways. The hymn is adapted from the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.

It goes like this:
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.

What brought a tear to my eye was watching this old women, who was in a wheelchair, singing this hymn with passion from the heart. It struck me that though she is unable to do all of the things that are mentioned in this prayer, that she still asks God for the grace to do it. It is like confession, it is us that tire from asking for forgiveness. God never rests in his divine mercy.

I pray that all may say this prayer, to ask God for the graces in our lives to do His will and to live our potential.

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