Step 11 Prayer

Step 11 Prayer

This version of the prayer of St Francis of Assissi is taken from Step 11 (Chapter 11, page 99) of the "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions", a book published by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

Saint Francis of Assissi Prayer

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;

that where there is hatred,
   I may bring love;

that where there is wrong,
   I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

that where there is discord,
   I may bring harmony;

that where there is error,
   I may bring truth;

that where there is doubt,
   I may bring faith;

that where there is despair,
   I may bring hope;

that where there are shadows,
   I may bring light;

that where there is sadness,
   I may bring joy.

Lord, grant that I may seek rather 
to comfort, than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.