Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:
All of us are acutely aware of many, though not all, of the recent assaults on human dignity with words and acts of hatred and violence. May this prayer often attributed to St. Francis summon us one more time to connect our prayers to action and our worship to work. This is a prayer that asks the Triune God to help us to get off our duffs and do the work of sowing the things that make for life for all. Our failure to live peaceably and speak generously with all and of all is a scandal. Being who we are called to be and doing what we are called to do could mean all the difference in mosques in New Zealand, churches from Sri Lanka to Louisiana, and synagogues from Pittsburgh to San Diego.
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.
Yours in Christ,
+Gregory V. Palmer