Instrument of Peace

Perhaps you are familiar with Saint Assisi’s prayer asking to be “instrument of peace”. Here Sri Easwaran provides a simple brief explanation as to what it means be an “instrument of peace”. Even if you are not familiar with the prayer, you will find the following explanation useful and worth practicing.

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JULY 23

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

– SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI

When we ask to be made instruments of peace, what we are really asking for is the boundless determination to empty ourselves of every state of mind that disrupts relationships – anger, resentment, jealousy, greed, self-will in any form. Our first priority is to reform ourselves; without that, how can we expect to help other people reform themselves? It is the living example of a man or woman giving all they have to making love a reality that moves our hearts to follow. We do not need a bumper sticker that says, “You are following an instrument of the Lord.” Our everyday actions speak for themselves.

The Thought for the Day is today’s entry from Eknath Easwaran’s  Words to Live By.

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