Sunday, May 03, 2015

The Prayer of St. Francis (based on Tweets from Pope Francis)

Mary Ann Otto, stewardship and special projects director for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay in Wisconsin, adapted the Prayer of St. Francis into a litany, using tweets that Pope Francis sent out in 2013. As of May 2, 2015, Pope Francis had sent out 545 tweets. The pontiff had 6 million-plus followers as of that date, and he was following eight tweeters (himself in eight languages).

Below are four of the tweets related to the litany below. The full prayer follows the tweets.

Reader : "Let the cry for peace ring out in all the world." (tweeted by Pope Francis 9/4/13 )
All: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

R : “W here we find hate and darkness, may we bring hope in order to give a human face to society." (tweeted 9/30/13 )
A: Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

R : "God is so merciful toward us. We too should learn to be merciful, especially with those who suffer ." (tweeted 7/17 /13 )
A: Where there is injury, pardon;

R : “Christians know how to face difficulties, trials and defeat with serenity and hope in the Lord ." (tweeted 10/31 /13 )
A: Where there is doubt, faith;

R : ”We ought to never lose hope. God overwhelms us with grace if we keep asking." (tweeted 9/9/13 )
A: Where there is despair, hope;

R : "The light of faith illumines all our relationships and helps us to live them in union with the love of Christ, to live them like Christ ." (tweeted 8/ 5 /13 )
A: Where there is darkness, light;

R : "If we wish to follow Christ closely, we cannot choose an easy, quiet life. It will be a demanding life but full of joy." (tweeted 7/10/13 ) 
A: And where there is sadness, joy.

 R : "Let us allow Jesus into our lives and leave behind our selfishness, indifference and closed attitudes to others." (tweeted 8/2 7 /13 )
A: O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

R : Let us ask the Lord to give us the gentleness to look upon the poor with understanding and love, devoid of human calculation and fear." (tweeted 9/24/13 )
A: To be understood as to understand;

R : "God loves us. May we discover the beauty of loving and being love d .” ( tweeted 11/11 /13 )
A: To be loved as to love.

R : "Every time we give in to selfishness and say 'No' to God, we spoil his loving plan for us ." (tweeted 5/26 /13 )
A: For it is in giving that we receive:

R : We are all sinners, but we experience the joy of God's forgiveness and we walk forward truly in his mercy." (tweeted 9/19/13)
A: It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. AMEN!

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