Words to use to practice kindness
The Prayer of Saint Francis has been attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi; however, it is believed to have been written by an anonymous writer. It is often called the Peace Prayer or Simple Prayer for Peace. It was widely used and publicized during both World Wars. It is a prayer that can help a person find peace and pass on goodness.
It can be used whether you believe in God or another higher power or nothing at all. It emphasizes the basics of being a good human being and passing on kindness.
There is so much anger and impatience in our country these days that we all need to pause and ponder the words in this prayer. Anger is unhealthy, doesn’t feel good and causes stress and close-mindedness.
One of the most important things my dad said to me was “Don’t worry what everyone else is doing. Think about what you should be doing.”
So, take time to pause and ponder the words that follow.
O Lord, our Christ,
may we have thy mind and thy spirit;
make us instruments of thy peace;
where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
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 we 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,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Another way to put those words into perspective and, what I call, normal words is the following:
Dear higher power or goodness in my brain,
Help to empower my mind and strengthen my soul.
Help me to be a contributor to peace by showing love, not hate and anger.
When I see violation of self or others, help me forgive;
When I see division of people, help me to unite them;
When I see unbelief it can be better, help me to have and show faith;
When I see loss of hope, help me to be the light at the end of the tunnel;
When I see evil, help me to spread goodness and kindness;
When I see depression and sadness, help me to hand out happiness.
Dear higher power,
When I seek comfort I need, help me to also comfort others;
When I seek others to listen to me and be patient, help me to listen and be patient as well;
When I seek love, help me to also love others.
For it is in giving that we receive,
When we forgive, we are forgiven,
And when we die, we are born again into eternal life.
Or, when our negativity dies, we are born into a positive and happy thinking life.
As in a popular song, I ask you to “give peace a chance.” Give it a chance within yourself and all others near you. It will help to heal your soul and calm those around you. Stop, pause, breathe and reflect for a few minutes each day. It will pay off in the long run in so many ways.
Again, “all we are saying is give peace a chance.”