St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) is one of my favorite people of history mainly because of his “Channel of Peace” prayer which when sung or listened to can bring a semblance of peace to a weary soul. The prayer is also a wonderful way to embrace life on a daily basis. Happy Sunday.
Looking back on yesterday’s post, “A Take on This Spiritual Thing”, I don’t want anyone to get the impression that I’m coming out as a saint (although our pastor says we are all saints)…far from it.
Some of the things that I regret saying and doing that could have been handled in a much better way got me thinking about my own spiritual side. Hear what St. Paul said in Romans 7:15, I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. NIV
How many of us can relate to this passage of scripture. I know I can and do.
Tomorrow’s post is going to strike some of you as weird but it shines a light on the thoughts we sometimes have that we aren’t even aware of. Till then…
Last Sunday’s sermon, “The Feast of Saint Jim”, was very inspiring. We learned that as believers, we are all “saints”.
I don’t know about you but I sure don’t feel very saintly; however I do know people who truly deserve that title.
These are people who give of themselves, their time, resources, energy, and never seem to tire of being saintly, although I’m positive that they don’t see themselves as saints.
It was an excellent sermon, “The Feast of Saint Jim”, and offered much food for thought.
If you are wondering who Saint Jim is, just substitute your own name or the names of people you know who not only believe but act on their beliefs. Go ahead…name a few saints you are acquainted with and the next time you are in their company be sure to say, “Hello, Saint So and So.”
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, love;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
Oh 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.
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
A beautiful prayer for a troubled world.