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Re: There is always hope emmanuel98

Posted by 10derheart on May 16, 2012, at 20:17:18

In reply to Re: There is always hope, posted by emmanuel98 on May 16, 2012, at 17:23:34

Hi emmanuel,

> There is this prayer in the 11th step chapter in the AA literature (not sure where it came from, but it's old) and it says things like, let me bring hope where there is fear, let me bring joy where there is despair. I find it very soothing to think about and try (not always successfully) to live by such principles.

It's a prayer historians think was prayed by St Francis of Assisi (France, I think) in the 13th century, very famous to this day for many Christians, particularly Catholics. It's been reprinted a gazillion times. I have it on a wall in my house. Though I am not Catholic, I find many things written by St. Francis compelling and beautiful. I'd guess someone incorporated it into the AA literature at some point. Here's the whole prayer:

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.

Amen.

It's good stuff, pretty universal, IMO. I'm glad you mentioned it 'cause I think I might need to focus on that right about now.


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