Prayer of St. Francis

Prayer of Peace

The following prayer was not written by Francis of Assisi but sums up his ideal and although probably written at the end of the 19th or beginning of the 20th century, is relevant for us today.


The following adaptation was written by

Br. Michael Daly. CJ. 2007


Prayer of St Francis  / Prayer of Peace.


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace...

Where hatred lives...let me sow your love;

Where injury had divided and hurt...may I sow reconciliation, bringing pardon, healing and deliverance;


Where doubt pervades...let me sow true faith in you;


Where despair destroys...let me bring the hope of your gospel;


Where darkness is the covering...let me dispel it by bringing the light of your presence;


Where sadness consumes...let me sow joy, that all may with joy, draw water from you the wellspring of our salvation.


Divine Master and Lord of all consolation, grace and love;

grant that I may by your Spirit, console, understand and love all whom I meet, communicate and share this earth with, seeking always to serve their needs rather than my own.


For in giving we receive, in pardoning we are pardoned and in dying we are born to eternal life, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.



Heavenly Father Count All My Tears

Heavenly Father,
I thank You for the assurance
that my troubles are not greater than my Helper,
and that my sins are not greater than Jesus, my Saviour.
There is no reason for me to despair.
I have a God who helps me and saves me.

I thank You for the assurance
that I am not forgotten in my troubles.
Your fatherly eye sees me.
You count all my tears,
and Your loving heart has already planned help for me.

If there is one thing You cannot do,
that is disappoint Your child, and for this I thank You.
You are holding me in Your hands
and will draw me out of the depths,
because You love me
and will never forsake me.

Heavenly Father,
I am Yours now and for ever.





Mother Basilea Schlink

Prayer Before a Crucifix

An adaptation of the earliest recorded prayer of St Francis of Assisi in San Damiano by Br. Michael Daly CJ. 2008


Most High and Glorious God,

Please bring your light to the darkness of my heart and give me true faith in you,

Firm hope

and Perfect love.


Lord Jesus Christ let me by the counsel of your Holy Spirit,

have right feelings and knowledge

so that I may properly undertake the task you have given me.

To show forth the glorious beauty of you my Lord and God.



Circle Me Lord

Circle me, Lord.
Keep protection near
And danger afar.

Circle me, Lord
Keep hope within.
Keep doubt without.

Circle me, Lord.
Keep light near
And darkness afar.

Circle me, Lord.
Keep peace within.
Keep evil out.

David Adam

Prayer Of Abandonment

I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul;
I offer it to you
with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands,
without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.

Charles de Foucald

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