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.