BEYOND VALENTINES, A MESSAGE OF UNIVERSAL LOVE

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, 13th century. Though its attribution is controversial, the meaning transcends all.

This message of unconditional love – Regardless of religion, race, sex, status and all the other “labels,” imagine if each of us took even one of these lines to heart and lived by it for any one day.

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is error, the truth
Where there is doubt, the faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
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 be are born to eternal life.

Hospice chapel, moments after witnessing my father's death, July 1, 2014

Taken at  S.W. CHRISTIAN CARE, GA. moments after witnessing my father’s death,  JULY I, 2014

 

About georgialeesays

Award-winning journalist, editor and writer of multiple genres. Former Bureau Chief, Womens Wear Daily and W magazine. Past director, Ivy Hall, The SCAD Atlanta writing center. Vice President, programming for Atlanta Writers Club. Freelance writer/editor of every subject in the known universe. Lover of clean, clear writing -"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book." - Nietzsche. I teach yoga, meditation, in retreat settings. Seeker of truth and transcendence. Reincarnation of Edgar Allen Poe. "Life is but a dream within a dream within a dream" Write. Create. Learn. Dance. Yoga. Sleep. Dream.
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3 Responses to BEYOND VALENTINES, A MESSAGE OF UNIVERSAL LOVE

  1. Ed and Linda says:

    What if we were all born blind?
    Would there be prejudice?
    Would we be judgmental?
    Would we be racist?
    Would we be a kinder, ,more generous , more loving people?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. HappyApathy says:

    That’s the best message I saw all Valentine Weekend, no doubt.

    Like

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