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Prayer of St. Francis

Kathy and I exchanged vows 38 years ago today. Yesterday, as we drove to Fargo ND, we talked a little about the journey. There are no guarantees in life, but, when you end up with the right person–your soul mate–it seems there is destiny involved. I vividly remember as Kathy and her Dad began walking up the aisle, I stood, and realized I was shaking from head to foot. When Bill gave Kathy’s hand to me, the shaking stopped and it felt right, as it has for all those years.

The priest who performed the ceremony told us we could choose the readings. I asked for the Prayer of St. Francis. At first, he said we could not, but later changed his mind. We have a plaque with it hanging in our bedroom. I printed a copy in Spokane and put it on the wall in my room. It has remained a constant reminder in my life that I make a difference as Kathy has in my life.

Lord, make me an instrument of thy 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 to self that we are born to eternal life.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

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  1. Beautiful reminder Ivon..and happy anniversary..

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  2. Happy Anniversary, Ivon! I have always loved the Prayer of St. Francis.
    Russs

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  3. Happy Anniversary. Great choice of readings.
    Debra

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  4. This is lovely! Happy Anniversary! I know the Prayer because we sing it as a hymn at church, and I often sing it to myself when I’m stuck in traffic. Amazing how it helps! :)
    Paige

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  5. Happy Anniversary :)

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  6. Happy Anniversary and many more.

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  7. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    That is such a touching story! I love it, it’s so sweet and an inspiration to all. <3

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  8. Happy Anniversary. May you have many more in health, happiness, and joy. And this prayer is such a beautiful reminder.

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  9. Happy anniversary, Ivon; a treasure indeed.
    My brother and his wife are celebrating their 50th this week. You are so right: When you find the right one, it lasts forever..

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  10. Congrats to you both!

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  11. What a wonderful prayer to start your marriage off with and for keeping you steady all through. I love it! Happy anniversary to you both and may the Lord bless you with many, many, happy years to come. :-)

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  12. Happy Anniversary! I say this prayer every day and wear a Moebius bracelet engraved with same.

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  13. Congratulations on your 38th and here’s to many more. :-) St. Francis’s prayer is a gem indeed.

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  14. That is a beautiful prayer by St Francis of Assisi-congradulations on 38 happy years! Brenda

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  15. Congratulations to you for finding the right partner early on. I am recently divorced – not easy in my late sixties.
    I am not Catholic nor am I even religious, but I do love the prayer. Thanks.

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  16. So simple , yet elegant in just the perfect words from Francis’ heart to God’s ears!

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  17. I absolutely love this post. I feel a sense of destiny with my spouse,too, so I can relate :) And thanks for following me on Cold.

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  18. We often sing those words as a hymn – wonderful.

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  19. Sorry about the belated wishes- it’s catch up time for me these days..nevertheless wish you many more such years of togetherness and love.

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