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St. Francis Prayer

By Remy Benoit

   We are in a troubled time. Our troops are overseas. We seek answers to difficult questions; we mourn those lost in the travesty of 9/11; we mourn those lost in service.

   Where can we go for guidance?

   Where do we even begin to find answers.

   As with every other question, the true answers
answers always lie within.

   Consider the St. Francis prayer; the beginnings of the answers
are there:

         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, hope;
         Where there is darkness, light;
         And where there is sadness, joy.
         O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much see
         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 light.

             St. Francis of Assisi

    Let us consider an important aspect of all of this.  
    What is our relationship with our planet?

    What is our relationship with nature itself?  Can we go on just taking, or is it well beyond time to start giving back?

    We are learning that trees communicate. Do you ever wonder how they see us?

    If flowers wilt and die when loud discordant music is played near them, what are we doing to ourselves with the noise that dominates most of our lives?

    What discordant symphony do we add notes to with anger, greed, jealousy, rage?

    What can we each as individuals do to become harmonious instruments of peace?

    When was the last time you sat by a babbling brook, meditated by the sea; actually took the time to stop and watch a sunset and pondered its glory?

    How can you tune your life to become an instrument of peace?

    One thing you can do is click here, once a day.  It costs you nothing but a few seconds of time, and you will help to feed the hungry. Hunger Site.

    When was the last time you visited a rainforest, or even thought of one.  Click here and help: Rain Forest.

When was the last time that you thought of our Veterans who are homeless? It is 39 here in New Orleans this morning. What are the temperatures where you are? Where are some of our Veterans sleeping?
"For I was hungry and you gave Me food,
I was thirsty and you gave Me drink.
I was a stranger and you welcomed Me..."
Matthew 25:35
Visit the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans at
Homeless Veterans.

And while you are preparing for the holidays and wondering what to do with books, magazines, etc., why not consider taking them and visiting with a Veteran in a VA Hospital.
They came when we called. They are calling us now.

    We will add to this list. Send us thing you would like to see on it. We all know how long the list is of those who need help, who need you to be an instrument of their, and concomitantly, your peace.


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