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Quick break for grace 🙂

When the world spins madly, this is where I go for my mission statement. Funny, as I was researching this to post — I found the rather credible suggestion that while this is attributed to St. Francis (he of the early 13th C.) — most scholars trace the popular origin to a tract found at the front in WWI France around 1915. Who knew?

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

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. Amen

  • How do you re-center yourself?
  • be the change music: Better Get to Livin‘ (Dolly Parton); A Change is Gonna Come (Terence Trent D’Arby w/Booker T & the MGs); Change the World (Eric Clapton); Come So Far (from Hairspray); 10,000 Angels (Edie Brickell); You’ve Got to Believe in Something (Spin Doctors); Don’t You Wish it was True (John Fogerty); You are what you Love (Jenny Lewis w/the Watson Twins); Ordinary Miracle (Sarah McLachlan); Give Peace a Chance (John Lennon — ok, if I ever do a mass protest — it will be a bed-in, b/c that’s just lovely); Yes We Can Can (Harry Connick); Keep Mediocrity at Bay (Van Morrison); Standing outside the Fire (Garth Brooks); World of Miracles (Carlene Carter); When the World is Running Down (the Police); Little Old Fashioned Karma (Willie Nelson); Put your hand in the hand (the Ocean — bell bottoms, headbands and camp counselors with guitars); Let the Music Play (G. Love w/Ben Harper & Marc Broussard); None of Us are Free (Solomon Burke); Turn, Turn Turn (any version, Pete Seeger’s is lovely, but so is Bruce Cockburn’s); Shine (Ricky Fante — from Robots); Put a Little Love in your Heart (the Dave Clark 5); and Rise (Eddie Vedder)

    Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. –> Anne Frank

    Take care,
    Aly

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