I was trolling around this morning and was suprised to see the Prayer of St. Francis posted at Blogs For Bush.
I actually read B4B a lot. It’s neocon to be sure, but it’s not the racist/fascist garbage that you typically find at LGF. That said, it’s not exactly a peace blog either.
Everyone loves St. Francis but we were forced to say (and even sing) this prayer so often at Catholic grammar school that it’s almost become trite. Here’s the text for you pagans:
Lord, make me a channel 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 Master, grant that I may never seek
So much 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.
Ok, my point…
This prayer isn’t a plea for a general state of peace. (As it seems the B4B folks are using it.) It’s a prayer of conversion. Peace at the individual or personal level. Or, rather, a prayer to be given the grace to become a peacemaker.
There’s no doubt about it, I’m heartened to see that the Bushies are big on St. Francis but could you ever imagine Dick Cheney — or Jerry Falwell, for that matter — actually reciting these words?
It always seems that the Christians who “wear it on their sleeves” (although it does get votes!) are the ones who miss the point entirely.
Ok, Reverends, et al, resume the bombing for Jesus’ glory!