Prayer of St. Francis

This is my last post as an Emerging Artist grantee for Creative Pinellas.  I normally do not post about religion, but, following my experience with the Artist’s Showcase this weekend, I would like to share my favorite prayer by my favorite saint, as it articulates my philosophy as an artist and my art:
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.
Thank you,
Suzanne Wieland

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