About “Lord, make me a channel of thy peace”

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace:

During Lent 2017, I am trying to learn this prayer, both to know the words and to pray them well. I plan to post twice on each line: A) a brief reflection, and B) the witness of a voice who lived it well. Each post may also include a link to scripture from that day’s daily office readings.

Lord, make me a channel 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 –

to understand, than to be understood –

to love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

More about the Franciscan peace prayer here.


“St. Francis, Father of the Poor,” by Robert Lenz.