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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

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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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