Two years ago we took a wonderful driving trip around Italy with a very memorable stop in Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. No other saint has made an impression on Peter and I like Francis has. He stood for all the things we believe in- kindness, gentleness, courtesy, and benevolence to the poor and downtrodden.
For more on St. Francis visit The Catholic Encyclopedia
Peace Prayer of St. Francis
O Lord, make me an instrument of Thy Peace!
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, harmony.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sorrow, joy.
Oh, Divine Master, 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;
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.
Prayer of Peace
Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
Roman Catholic friar, founder of the Franciscans
Known as the patron saint of animals, birds and the environment
His feast day is October 4
All photos by Kim H. ~ Assisi, Italy, Nov. 2006
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