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The Prayer of St. Francis November 3, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Happiness, Nature, Poetry.
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Make me an instrument of thy peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love

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Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope

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Where there is darkness, light
Where there is sadness, joy

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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

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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

~ St. Francis

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Aah . . . that’s better!

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.” ~ Eleanora Duse

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1. Crowing Crone Joss - November 3, 2013

It’s one of my favourite songs and your use of these paintings alongside would surely make St Francis smile!

nrhatch - November 3, 2013

Thanks, Joss. St. Francis loved nature, so flowers seemed a perfect fit. Perhaps I should have included a bird or two. Hope your Sunday is filled with sweet surprises.

2. Maggie - November 3, 2013

Lovely post!

nrhatch - November 3, 2013

This prayer was a favorite of my mother-in-law, included on the prayer cards at her funeral. When we let go of Ego’s incessant demands, our Spirits shine. 😎

3. Pocket Perspectives - November 3, 2013

Such a beautiful prayer…and the paintings, too.

nrhatch - November 3, 2013

Thanks, Kathy! Given St. Francis’s love of nature, flowers seemed a good fit for his prayer.

4. Pix Under the Oaks - November 3, 2013

The watercolors are lovely Nancy. The quote by Eleanora Duse is perfect. Enjoy your Sunday!

nrhatch - November 3, 2013

Thanks, Pix. I love that quote . . . being surrounded by nature always makes my heart sing. Have a JOY filled day!

5. jannatwrites - November 3, 2013

I love the paintings. They are the perfect companion to the peaceful words of this post.

nrhatch - November 3, 2013

Thanks, Janna.

Hope you have a peace filled Sunday ~ perfect for recharging your batteries for the inevitable challenges of the coming week.

6. Don - November 3, 2013

Those paintings are so St Francis-like, Nancy. He would appreciate them with the words.

nrhatch - November 3, 2013

Thanks, Don! This prayer was a favorite of my mother-in-law ~ a gentle reminder to shift our focus from ME! ME! ME! to others.

Not because we care about leaving a lasting legacy, but because we feel better HERE and NOW when we share the best parts of ourselves with the world . . . even if no one else notices.

7. colonialist - November 3, 2013

Yay for St Francis!
Love the illustrations.

nrhatch - November 3, 2013

Thanks, Col! I’ve enjoyed sharing some of my floral paintings, and hope St. Francis didn’t mind too much. 😀

8. Patricia - November 3, 2013

Your paintings are lovely. Thank you for sharing.

nrhatch - November 3, 2013

Thanks, Patricia. It’s been fun sharing some of the paintings I’ve done over the years. Maybe the next “bad weather day” will be a play with paints day.

Patricia - November 3, 2013

That would be wonderful. Be sure to share.

nrhatch - November 3, 2013

Deal!

9. barb19 - November 3, 2013

I read a book about St Francis years ago and it left a huge impression on me which has lasted a lifetime. His love of nature, animals, birds and the simple things in life are an inspiration.

nrhatch - November 3, 2013

I don’t know too much about him . . . but he definitely comes across in artwork as a true “nature lover.”

10. shreejacob - November 3, 2013

Love this prayer and the hymn…love the painting..and definitely…a “Ah…that’s better” post 🙂

nrhatch - November 3, 2013

Thanks, Shree! Right back at you. Your poem is full of light! And that photo of the Tiger and Child . . . precious!

shreejacob - November 4, 2013

I know right!! That picture has been making it’s rounds on FB too!

Thank you for that lovely comment 🙂 and you’re welcome..so many people I’m following are out with poems of some kind or the other today!! 😀

nrhatch - November 4, 2013

Recharging our batteries after all the Halloween Hoopla? 😯

11. Barb - November 4, 2013

This prayer is such comfort to me. Thanks for posting it.

nrhatch - November 4, 2013

So glad it touched you today, Barb. I sometimes post things on SLTW so I know where they are when I need them.

12. Booksphotographsandartwork - November 4, 2013

Beautiful! Well said and well painted.

nrhatch - November 4, 2013

Thanks, Linda. Nature always takes me to my “peaceful place.”

13. Grannymar - November 4, 2013

Love the Eleanora Duse quote and your paintings sit well with the prayer of St Francis.

I sometimes find it easier to be in touch with our creator, in the middle of a field, rather than a packed church of fidgeting people.

nrhatch - November 4, 2013

Thanks, GM. I agree. I feel more connected to the source of all things when I’m outside watching the waves or feeling the wind on my face. Being in church makes me feel disconnected because I don’t buy into the vast majority of the notions they’re selling.

14. joannevalentinesimson - November 4, 2013

This has always been one of my favorites! I have a copy sitting atop a bookcase of religious and spiritual books, along with a Giotto image of St Francis that I picked up in Assisi in 1957.

nrhatch - November 4, 2013

Good one to keep handy. Very cool that you’ve had the Giotto image from Assisi since 1957.

joannevalentinesimson - November 5, 2013

I went on a pilgrimage to Italy with a group of French students during my Junior Year in France. It was a marvelous experience!

nrhatch - November 5, 2013

Sounds like a great experience for you.

15. sufilight - November 7, 2013

This is so beautiful! The words and the paintings. This prayer is my most favorite one. I used to go to St. Patrick’s church in NYC during my lunch hour (even if I was not a practicing Catholic) so I could read this prayer on the statue of St. Francis which is outside the church. It gave me a sense of peace.

nrhatch - November 7, 2013

Since writing this, I came across the bulletin for my dad’s Memorial Service last summer ~ this is the prayer we included. It is a peaceful prayer . . . a desire to move in the right direction, and make better choices, without waiting for perfection.


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