Make me an Instrument of thy Peace

While I visit the country of Portugal, I’m aware that the death of Osama Bin Laden has caused quite a stir back in the states. Not only is the news heavy with the account that this ten-year man hunt has come to an end, and suggestions of how things might have been done better, but discussions of retaliation and escalation are also in the mix. My oh my! It would be easy to get caught up in all of this.

One of the most crystal clear teachings I have received from Ernest Holmes is: where we pray FROM is more important than what we pray ABOUT.

So the most powerful contribution I can make at this time is to BE the world I want to live in. This isn’t always easy, but so goes the effort to experience “being in the world but not of it.”

So I’m sharing this prayer I started on Facebook and am passing it on to all of you now. (Thank you Brother Francis for the inspiration of this prayer.)

Lord make me an instrument of thy Peace.

Where there is worry, let me BE peace.

Where there is threat of retaliation, let me BE unthreatening.

Where there is conflict, let me BE committed to the side of God.

Where there is fear, let me BE safety.

Where there is anger, let me BE love.

Let me BE this day the way I would like the world to be. And let the Leaders of our World start to follow Peace-loving people like me.


If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama