Sunday, September 16, 2012

Go Notre Dame...and the Prayer of St. Francis

It’s a beautiful fall day outside.
It’s the kind of day you wish you could put in a bottle and let out at will. Brilliant sunshine, temperature in the 70s, and a slight breeze.  A day like yesterday where number 20 Notre Dame beat number 10 Michigan State.

Rosh Hashanah begins today. Blessings to all my friends who celebrate.

I was reminded today of the prayer of St. Francis, a rich prayer full of the gifts of the Spirit.

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.

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 was an excellent reminder after a week where petty concerns, such as my voice recognition software crashing frequently due to software conflicts, left me in a not so spiritual state of mind by Friday.  I found the fix but can't afford it.     UPDATE:  I found a fix that works!

But I’ll make a better effort to keep perspective during ongoing software crashes  insert blank! this week.

And speaking of doing for others, this Florida group just finished their 300th ramp to help out folks with disabilities ! The Pensacola Civitan Club has been building Ramps for people since 1995. Kudos to them.


Mary said...

I love the St. Francis prayer, I used to have a copy on my bedroom door as a gentle reminder for when leaving for the day... That's awesome about those ramps! :) And your puter fix!!

Ruth said...

Thanks Mary - hope you're having a great 'beginning of the week' !