"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history." -Cardinal Francis George

Monday, July 19, 2010

In dying we are born

The 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 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. Other prayers of Saint Francis can be found here.


  1. You may be interested to know that St. Francis did not compose that prayer. It became attributed to him when it was placed on a holy card.


    I actually have a longer article around here somewhere but can't find it!

  2. Arg! I thought something seemed fishy when I googled it. Oh well, its a cool prayer anyway!

  3. It is a cool prayer! So is the saying attributed to St. Francis "Preach the Gospel, if necessary use words". No one, including him, said any such thing. St. Francis was a very fiery preacher, and his passionate preaching, with God's grace, resulted in many conversions. He was not one for being silent! He did make a comment about the religious habit (clothing)being a sermon unto itself, and the modern faithful Catholics would acknowledge the same.

    Of course you see, from that, the legend from the reality!

    LOL (I love the point being made in the quote but I hate the dishonesty in attributing laziness in evangelization to the fiery St. Francis!)