Yesterday, Ben and I stood up with tens of other Lewiston residents against racist signs that were posted against him in his campaign for mayor. The events of the last 48 hours have given me great pause to reflect on the necessity of the work I do here with Up With Community, and the value and love I feel for all the partners that walk this road with me. I wanted to share Ben’s words from the rally last night -words that are still resonating in my heart. In particular, the Prayer of St. Francis that Ben closed his remarks with is a constant guide to me in the work I do. It is a prayer that I learned before I can remember being able to read and is still a light to me after all these years.
Prayer of St. Francis
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy 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;
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;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.”
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