Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dona Nobis Pacem

This prayer is foundational.

Forgive me when I stray into cynicism, critical or judgmental thinking--and so often I stray.

Let me be the peace I seek on this earth and in this cosmos.

Be the change.
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's in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I love St. Francis' prayer too. I will pray it this morning in solidarity with you.

Carol said...

Beautiful. Thank you.

Peace to you this beautiful day.

thailandchani said...

Beautiful! A wonderful, peaceful thought!


DCup said...

Real change is going to require all of us to participate.

Thank you for the lovely reminder.

Fran said...

What a wonderful world this would be if we all decided to make Peace a priority.

Randal Graves said...

Making peace a priority is far more difficult than nearly anything else. How's that for a wonderful example of unoriginal thinking?

Can we get to peace after letting the architects of madness wander for a few decades first?

April said...

Thank you for this wonderful post.

Jamie said...

Words are innocent. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little: Say "Peace"

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

Peace to you and yours. :)

citizen of the world said...

That's lovely - cynicism and passivity are all to easy to fall into. Peace!

Ivanhoe said...

Peace and love to you from Ohio :o)

Lizza said...

That song gives me goosebumps, but in a good way. As does your Peace Globe.

Peace to you and yours.

Shadow / Molly said...

The cat blogosphere folks do stand together and help each other when needed - that I guess is our small step towards peace! Thank you for stopping by my blog.

afeatheradrift said...

Amen, and amen to that. I struggle with this a lot. I am still dealing with a lot of residual anger and wish to let it go, but frankly, I'm enjoying the blood bath of republican implosion just so much right now. I'll try to be more peaceful in the future. Like Augustine, I plead for it, but not quite yet!

Lux said...

I love your globe and peace post!

Peace to you,

jennifer said...

Peace to you and yours, today and always.

Travis said...

Peace to you and yours.

Lifecruiser said...

Very, very beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by :-)


storyteller said...

Lovely … just beautiful ;--)
Thank you for this post and for visiting all three of my ‘peace posts’ earlier today.

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that ‘Peace is in every step’ … a choice in every instant no matter what’s happening around or within us. As each of us blogs for peace today, we join our minds and hearts together to create this reality in our world.
Hugs and blessings,

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I also was inspired by the beautiful Sarah McLaughlin for my blog blast for Peace....great minds :)
Thank you for this inspiring post!
Sending *Peace*Love*Light* to ALL!!!

FickleMinded said...

i love that prayer of St. Francis.
Peace out to you and your family.
thanks for stopping by.

Mary said...

A beautiful post. Thank you and peace be with you.


Utah Savage said...

Thank you for that lovely moment. I am not so peaceful today. I needed that.

Jan said...

So beautiful.

Hahn at Home said...

Sarah is always fabulous. Peace!

Quiet Paths said...

Beautiful addition to all the peace testimonies. Thank you!

Liberality said...

inspirational! give peace a chance

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Wow! That's a grand Globe! I love the heart over the world. And, of course, St. Francis' prayer is one of my all-time favorites. I prayed it many times.

Blessings and shalom, my friend!

susan said...

Inspirational and lovely - just like you. Anbu.

Big Eyed Gal said...

Better late than never... :)

I love the song. Peace to you and your loved ones.

Big Eyed Gal
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elena jane said...

beautiful :)
thx for visiting my peace day post!

Ferd said...

I can hear and say this beautiful prayer over and over without ever becoming tired of it. and the same goes for Sarah MacLachlan.
Very nice post!
Peace to you!

Mimi Lenox said...

I adore McLachlan. This is exactly what I wanted to hear first thing this morning. Thank you for the peaceful vibes and for speaking your heart.

Peace to you and yours,

okjimm said...

Dear Kiddo....

You forget the good one...

When I am thirsty

Let there be beer.

Just saying, N all. :)