The Prayer of St.Francis of Assisi is affectionately known
as The Eleventh Step Prayer as it appears in the book "12 Steps and 12
Traditions" in the reading for the eleventh step. According to this
website dedicated to St. Francis, this prayer was almost certainly not
written by him. It apparently dates from the early part of the 20th century,
and its author is unknown. It was found in
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace!
That where there is hatred,
I may bring love.
That where there is wrong,
I may bring the spirit of forgiveness.
That where there is discord,
I may bring harmony.
That where there is error,
I may bring truth.
That where there is doubt,
I may bring faith.
That where there is despair,
I may bring hope.
That where there are shadows,
I may bring light.
That where there is sadness,
I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort,
than to be comforted.
than to be understood.
than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.