Fear, Faith, and the Peace Prayer of St. Francis.!
Updated: November 13, 2016
Fear, Faith, and the Peace Prayer of St. Francis.
I’m sure you’ve noticed no matter where you live in the world that great change is upon us. Our old maps have been thrown away or been torn from our fingers. We’re being shoved into Uncharted territories and everything is swirling in a vortex of unpredictability.
For a lot of people the atmosphere of their lives has suddenly been permeated with the stench of fear that has come without warning like a thick polluted cloud. For others, change of any kind at any price has been welcomed and so for them the experience is different.
Lines have been drawn, divisions made clear.
But even now there is hope in the Uncharted, for anytime you step into the Unknown infinite possibilities are waiting for all of us. Great opportunities can present themselves in times of great change.
And only compassion and understanding can help that cloud move away faster.
It’s a time for patience, deep breathing, trusting in something Greater Than allowing anger to bring clarity, grief to soften and build deeper connections.
It’s a time for spiritual activism.
What is that? It is a commitment to the best in humanity, the best in yourself and the willingness to be accountable to bring that forward.
Soon it will be a time to build bridges.
We need to remember that our current conditions are not made in the moment but rather the result of many decisions, mindsets, beliefs, and actions that began in the past.
And now here we are. These times are the result of those threads that are now coming together to be unraveled and re- woven in the fabric of our lives.
This coming apart stage is fraught with uncertainty and yet holds the opportunity for deep healing and miracles in spite of the darkness that has stirred up in the process. There is no denying the cruelty and evil in the hearts of people. But that didn’t just happen out of the blue. It’s been festering for a long time.
But this isn’t about one individual or a group of them its about all of us.
The cultural shadow is being presented for healing and yes it’s ugly and scary yet it’s a call to love not to hate.
This is a universal truth that what we place our attention on grows, and what we resist persists, what we deny and repress will come to us as fate and that until we learn to heal our own shadow selves, face our own bias, and beliefs about the “other” we will remain in the turmoil and continue to repeat it.
The old maps will keep showing us the same places- unless we surrender to the Uncharted and step into something new and give ourselves to it with courage and commitment.
I know some of you are scared and angry. I am not talking just about the United States.
I’ve prayed daily and the day after when the turmoil began in my meditation I was filled with Light and I heard that chorus I hear every once in a while.. say : We are We, You are We, We are Light, Peace is coming. My body resonated like an instrument and corny as it sounds it felt like I was a crystal harp.
Even if the current conditions seem tumultuous something extraordinary wants to be born. We need to remember who we are -connected at every level in spite of the divisions that make us forget this truth.
So this week I am going to offer up my favorite prayer that whenever I say it slowly, contemplating each statement I feel faith restored without first needing outer conditions to change. I venture into my soul and find peace there releasing the fear and replacing it with gratitude and love.
I hope you like the recording I made. Here is the prayer. May you say it and remember who you are – a Light worker who knows to fight darkness you must be the one to light that candle.
Stand up for what you believe, for what is in the highest good, for freedom and for love. We are all in this together and when we remember we are all connected, miracles can happen.
Lord, make me an instrument of your 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;
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.
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Loving you always and forever.