St. Francis of Assisi

Take a few moments to place yourself comfortably in a sitting position. Close your eyes and inhale deeply through your nose, filling your lungs. Hold your breathe to the count of three, then slowly and gently exhale through the mouth to empty your lungs. Continue this breathing cycle for several minutes until you sink into a feeling of stillness.

Simply be with the stillness and the calm. It is from this place that you can find nourishment, support and strength. Now, begin to read slowly and to feel the words of St. Francis's 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 and
Where there is sadness, Joy.

Oh 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.
St. Francis of Assisi

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