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The Prayer of St. Francis

Today is a special day in our lives. 41 years ago, Kathy and I were married. We chose The Prayer of St. Francis was one of our readings and have a simple plaque on our bedroom wall of the prayer.

The prayer is a reminder of how we affect the world, beginning with those closest to us. It is a reminder of how being mindful and present are essential in relationships.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

49 responses »

  1. Happy anniversary ♥ A beautiful prayer too

  2. It makes a lovely hymn too.

  3. Happy Anniversary Ivon.

  4. Oh, my.. 41 years! Congratulations, and I suppose we should add, “Well done, both of you!” 🙂

  5. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful prayer to build a marriage on.

  6. We also wish you a Happy anniversary, and thank you very much for sharing this wonderful prayer. 😉 Michael

  7. So beautiful. Happy Anniversary Ivon 💕

  8. lovely
    Happy Anniversary!!!

  9. Happy Anniversary, Ivon and Kathy.
    Angelina sings the prayer beautifully…

  10. Happy anniversary, Ivon! May you and Kathy celebrate many more together! 😉 xoxoM

  11. Beautiful prayer! 🙏Happy Anniversary to you and Kathy! 🥂🌷

  12. Blessings on your special day, Ivon – you’re catching up – I will soon be at 49 – also, the prayer is a favorite of mine

  13. Reblogged this on Poesy plus Polemics and commented:
    A beautiful post from my friend and fellow blogger Ivon Prefontaine – The Prayer of St Francis has always been a favorite of mine – and the vocal version is beyond lovely

  14. Happy Anniversary. That is one of my favorite prayers. I especially like the musical version.

  15. So beautiful and wise, Ivon.

  16. Wonderful, happy anniversary Ivon!!

  17. Very nice article Sir, I enjoyed the read. I am going to reblog this article for you.


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