Make Me An Instrument Of Your Peace
Blog by Mary Ellen George, OPA
When you reflect on this phrase, “mission for peace,” what image(s) come to mind? Do you picture a far-away mission in a foreign land where others have been dispatched to bring peace and conflict resolution to a warring community or society? Is the necessity of making peace an “out there” or “away from me” imagining that is everyone else’s responsibility? Do you insulate yourself from seeing or hearing the call to “be peace, preach peace, and build peace”? Do you refrain from becoming involved when the lack of peace happens around you in your relationships, in your workplace, and in your living community?
Or, are you looking, instead, for an opportunity to be an “instrument of peace,” as expressed here in The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi?
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.
Are you ready to be the hands and feet of Christ, bringing peace and hope to others? Then, why not join our Sisters and other women who are considering religious life, June 2-6, 2023, in Akron, Ohio for a “Mission for Peace” experience. This five-day, service-based, hands-on learning experience offers you a real-life experience of prayer and community living. You will have time also to talk to our Sisters to get answers to the questions you have about religious life and about serving others as a Dominican Sister of Peace. Check out these testimonials from participants who experienced this program
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Peace be with you