This prayer, commonly known as the Prayer of St. Francis, is one of my favorites because it reminds me that change must begin within — as I change, the world around me changes. There is uncertainty around whether St. Francis was the actual originator of this prayer, as its first known appearance did not occur until 1912 in France, while the first known English translation did not appear until 1936. Regardless of who actually created it, the simple thirteen line prayer known as the prayer of St Francis is a beautiful addition to any spiritual practice.
The Prayer of St Francis
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;
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.