St Francis

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My readers come from all walks of life, from all around the world, from different religions and spiritual practices with their own meaning of the word “pray” and their own personal relationship with prayer. Perhaps prayer is a beautiful, long, drawn out ritual involving facing certain directions and saying certain words in a certain order at specific times throughout the day. Perhaps it is the words you send out, eyes raised to the heavens, palms open. Perhaps you cross your arms, close your eyes, and bow your head. Perhaps you do not pray in any formal way, but instead have an ongoing inner dialogue with your higher power. Perhaps you don’t believe in any god or that there is a force greater than yourself so your form of praying is self-talk and self-encouragement.

Whatever your experience of praying, it has been shown that there is great power in prayer, especially when a group of people come together for the sole purpose of praying. The significance of this practice can be understood if we apply one of the universal laws to it: what you focus on grows. Therefore, if you have someone – or a group of someones – praying upon a specific issue, it builds an energy that is directly related to that focus and, from that energy, there becomes matter.

Today, I want to share a prayer that is one of my favorites. I invite you to read through this, focusing on its beautiful message and applying it to your life. If words don’t feel comfortable to you, change them to words that match your beliefs so that you can get to the heart of the message. My intent for sharing this is… for every one of you that read this, you are joining me in this prayer. And the message of this prayer is what our world needs.

Thank you for taking the time to focus your energy on Love.

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

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I always welcome your thoughts, questions, and comments. Feel free to jot down what you’re thinking in the comment box below.

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11 Responses to And Then… It IS All Up To You

  1. I love this prayer – even though I struggle with the word prayer and have to take out the words Lord and Divine Master – try just saying the words without. Equally powerful but for me that means I am dialoguing with the divine within me – who is neither male nor female 😉

  2. Jen Duchene says:

    Once I might have scoffed at the power of prayer, now I know that love, forgiveness and words spoken from the heart, heal all of us and take us closer to our greatness. Thank you for the reminder that words can connect us or divide us, and often do

  3. I loved your picture today Angie can I ask was Saint Francis really strongly connected to animals?
    I do firmly agree with the power of prayer even if we don’t use that word, it could be called sending out love, having a positive attitude or good intentions.

    I hope your message reaches many people who need help with improving this in their life.
    Lots of love!

    • Angie K. Millgate says:

      Jennifer, St.Francis IS the patron saint of animals and is frequently depicted with birds in particular.

  4. julie says:

    Beautiful prayer, thank you Angie, very timely for me today, J x

  5. Kate Lindsay says:

    That is a beautiful feeling prayer. It is one that I am familiar with but not one that I have read in many years. I think that it is one that can be very easily translated to fit into almost anyone’s personal belief system and still feel as wonderful. What a great choice. I think I will put in on my office wall. :)

  6. I like the photo you selected because it reminds me of my trip to Italy. The beautiful art is everywhere. I went into little churches and felt the connection to the art even though the religious background is not my own. I appreciate your thoughts about prayer being so individual and meaning different things to different people.

    • Angie K. Millgate says:

      Thank you, Judy. I have wanted to go to Italy all my life as that is where my ancestors are from. Whenever I imagine it, I feel like it is Home.

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