Franciscan Reflection on the Prayer for Peace

Make me a channel of your peace. May I offer compassion to the families of the victims of violence.Where there is hatred, let me bring your love. May I offer […]

Make me a channel of your peace.
May I offer compassion to the families of the victims of violence.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love.
May I offer compassion to the perpetrators of violence.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord.
May I ask forgiveness from those I may have hurt.
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.
May I have faith that we can create places that are safe for all people.

Make me a channel of your peace.
May words of peace be in my heart and on my lips.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope.
May I work with others to eradicate the despair that births violence.
Where there is darkness, only light.
May I become a point of light that shatters the darkness of hopelessness.
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.
May I embrace all who have lost loved ones to violence.

Oh, Master, grant that I may NEVER seek
To respond with anger instead of compassion.
So much to be consoled as to console.
To judge another instead of working to eradicate the causes of violence.
To be understood as to understand.
To use weapons instead of dialogue.
To be loved as to love with all my soul.
To be so self-absorbed that I neglect to love my neighbor.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Help me to see your face in every person.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
Help us to forgive those who have hurt us.
It is in giving of ourselves that we receive.
Help us to humbly serve the least, last and lost among us.
It is in dying that we’re born to eternal life
It is in dying to ourselves, that we may see all as brother and sister.

-Lee Ann Niebuhr, OFS

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