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Here is the full video from my earlier post. I have never seen the snow fall more gracefully than it did when I awoke this morning. This particular song was lingering from my sleep playlist, and it was too perfect a scene to not capture. I could have spent forever in this beautiful moment. ❄️

fear and honor, praise and bless, thank and adore the Lord God Almighty, in Trinity and unity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Creator of all things. do not put off any longer confessing all your sins, for death will soon come. give and it will be given you; forgive and you will be forgiven. blessed are they who die repentant, for they shall go to the Kingdom of Heaven! but, woe to those who are not converted, for these children of the devil will go with their father into everlasting fire. be watchful, therefore. shun evil, and persevere in well-doing until the end.
—  st. francis of assisi (day #1, saint #1)

Whether you follow a religion or not I think this very special ‘Prayer of St. Francis’ is a reminder to all of us ~

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.


May we all be an instrument of PEACE ✌️

“To become an Instrument of Peace, one must first live a peace-filled existence. In spite of external situations/experiences, it is important to detach yourself and know that you ARE Peace, so BE Peace. That influence will shine brighter than the biggest protest rally.” _/|\_
—  Leyla Hur

So, I struggle a lot with loving this colleague of mine, mainly cause he always likes to make fun of people (and doesn’t seem to do it in a trolling innocent-ish way) and to put people down.

Earlier today my blood boiled when another colleague of mine asked him very lovingly if he was busy, and instead he replied her with so much spite and also as if to mock her and put her down, insinuating that she didn’t ask how he was out of a pure genuine concerned but had other selfish intentions. That made me really angry on her behalf.

So at Holy Hour, I was filled with so much disgust cause I had been ranting about his behavior to other friends in a very vicious manner. I wasn’t being loving at all. I tried to be understanding by asking if perhaps he is this way because of his own hurts, but my anger just put that aside and continued to criticize and angst him.

And thus at Holy Hour I prayed for some words from God to help me, and to give me the grace to love and to understand others with the compassionate love that God himself loves me with. And guess what? Of course God replied, and he spoke to me in the closing song.

How beautifully Saint Francis express the prayer of my heart this night, and hopefully, I will continue to pray this prayer, that one day, I can be as loving as Christ.

“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; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.”

LIVING IN THE SPIRIT OF FRANCIS

“We are not saints, we are not heroes. Our lives are lived in the quiet corners of the ordinary. We build tiny hearth fires, sometimes barely strong enough to give off warmth. But to the person lost in the darkness, our tiny flame may be the road to safety, the path to salvation


"It is not given us to know who is lost in the darkness that surrounds us or even if our light is seen. We can only know that against even the smallest of lights, darkness cannot stand.


"A sailor lost at sea can be guided home by a single candle. A person lost in a wood can be led to safety by a flickering flame. It is not an issue of quality or intensity or purity. It is simply an issue of the presence of light.”


From Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: Living in the Spirit of the Prayer of Saint Francis by Kent Nerburn

Be a channel for good. Stop thinking it’s just you- alone against the world or whatever difficulties there may be, feeling small or incapable. Showing up is the most important thing you can do- show up with an open heart and positive attitude, and then get out of the way. Let God/the Universe/whatever higher power you believe in do the work, through you. You are much more capable of greatness when you remember to lean on what you believe in.
—  Kim Torrence
Praying in the Spirit Using the Word of God for Week #25

Entry #025  Instrument of Your Peace Prayer

“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, not so much to be understood as to understand,

Not so much to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive,

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.”

                          By St. Francis of Assisi

  This prayer speaks to how to be great in the kingdom of God. If we want to be great in God’s eyes, we have to serve much. And in serving others, the Prince of Peace rests, rules and abides within us. Therefore everything we do in service to God’s people is blessed, and consequently we are abundantly blessed. God has chosen us to be an instrument of His peace because He has a greater glory in mind to bestow upon us. He looks for opportunities to bless us, so He allows us to go through a breaking process. In order to get the precious oil from the olive, it must be pressed. God allows us to go through trying and difficult times to build our character and faith, and to qualify us to help others in that similar situation. We cannot be all things to all people. But we can reach back to help those who cross our path get through a situation we have just overcame. The main reason why Jesus’s body was bruised and broken was so that we can gain redemption. Jesus gave His life, and gained the family of God. When we give of ourselves to service for others we gain a fullness of joy and a promise of divine rewards. Allowing ourselves to be used of God to bring peace to His people commands blessings and coverings over our own lives. We cannot do everything, but we can do something. We can ask God to be help us to be a blessing to others. God will anoint us to do what needs to be done, and bless us for being obedient enough to do it. This doesn’t mean we should stretch ourselves thin doing for ungrateful, ungodly people. It also doesn’t mean that we should be a crutch for lazy, immature people who refuse to do what it takes to improve their lives. It doesn’t even mean that we should allow people to abuse or misuse us while we are trying to make their dreams come true. It does mean we should take God inspired actions to bring love, joy and peace to lost and dying world. Small acts of kindness can change people’s life. The byproduct of God inspired service to others is prosperity. We are actually helping ourselves when we help others. God will prosper us mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally when pray to be an instrument of His peace.

People who extend compassion to us are guardians of our soul. John Makransky calls them benefactors, emissaries of love in our lives. These are people who see us, understand us, value us, and celebrate our homecomings. They offer us the inestimable gift of revealing to us the truth of who we are – we are worthy of love even in our shame; we are held with love even when we forget it; our beauty is beheld even when we feel blemished; though our journeys leave us broken and burdened, we are and remain thoroughly beloved.

- Frank Rogers Jr., Practicing Compassion

- detail of the book cover, adapted

st francis prays again

st francis prays again

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It’s a feeble attempt, really. If I weren’t sure of the willingness of God himself to accept my feeble attempts, which sometimes I am not actually, I wouldn’t attempt this. But, nevertheless, herein is my attempt at praying the Prayer of St. Francis (or whoever it should be attributed to) for myself. Again. (This post is about five attempts later.)

First, my own version; followed by the Prayer…

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Well, I figured this would be an appropriate first blog post.  Took me months of figuring out what I wanted to record and about a week to pull the recording, video, and editing together. While it’s not perfect, I did really enjoy the process of arranging, learning, and executing this.  My sister, brother, and I have all bonded over the show Steven Universe, as it is darling, charismatic, and one of the most in-depth cartoons I’ve ever watched.  Oh, and the music is GREAT. Rebecca Sugar, I bow to you. Hope Steven Universe fans can appreciate this! If you do, check out my youtube page and request more Steven Universe covers! (Don’t forget to subscribe plz :D) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGIELCcWZo9XHCUw395Xotw