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For Baltimore: A Prayer Attributed to St. Francis

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Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

Grant that we 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.


–The Rev. Mary Luck Stanley


  1. It is very disturbing and sad to have to have the National Guard deployed in our dear city. But we as citizens need to be able to go about our daily lives with some sense of safety. The last time I was in a situation with National Guard was when I went to a Peace March in DC in 1970. There were soldiers with rifles and bayonets, and tanks at the ready in the US Treasury court yard. I feel the same way tonight that I did then: “God help us.”

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  2. Allene Taylor says:

    Tuesday morning, April 28, 2015

    A most appropriate prayer for this day. Allene Taylor

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  3. Katherine C. Mead-Brewer says:

    Reblogged this on Writing Reconsidered and commented:
    I normally wouldn’t post anything to do with my personal religious beliefs to this blog–which is not about religion or news–but, as a Baltimorean, I felt powerfully like I wanted/needed to share this post from St. Paul’s Episcopal of Downtown Baltimore.

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  4. Christian T. Golden says:

    Thank you for sharing this prayer. It truly reflects the heart of Jesus, who’s love, forgiveness, and patience knows no bounds.

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  5. Christian T. Golden says:

    Reblogged this on Love: True Christianity and commented:
    This is a beautiful prayer that I believe we should all join in reciting not only during this time of unrest, but perhaps daily for ourselves and our communities.

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  6. Thanks for this. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. United in beaming peace and light and a better way!

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