Lord, make me an instrument of Thy 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 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.
St. Francis Assisi
Our children look to us for guidance and direction. We are their template for adulthood. We should all try to become a template for peace. When times are difficult, they should see the resilience of God present in all that we do and say.
The previous posts provide lessons to help our children become Young Christian Warriors. This post serves to strengthen us as God’s children. We live in a chaotic time. Our nation is going through a traumatic period, and the outcome will define who we are as a Nation. This poem speaks to the virtues we need to embrace to overcome. We are God’s people and should not be swayed by the violent rhetoric that decimates our ears. St. Francis of Assisi lived in the fifteen century. The words he penned are as valid today as five centuries ago.
This lesson is as much for us as it is for our children. We are their template.