Frustrating, but not surprising:
We are all called to be an instrument of peace. Join me in saying Saint Francis of Assisi’s prayer for peace: https://t.co/66spBEcBGm
— Bishop DiMarzio (@BpDiMarzio) May 9, 2016
The incorrect association of “Make me an instrument of your peace” with St. Francis runs so deeply now, no, it’s not surprising to see a bishop mention it or even it presented that way on the USCCB website, but still. It shouldn’t be this way. Truth matters, in areas great and small.
I explored the matter in my book The Words We Pray. There are a couple of pages available for perusing online. I think the actual history of the prayer makes it even more interesting than it is as a mythical pronouncement of St. Francis. Also, when Make me a channel of your peace comes to define the saint, we miss out on even more challenging words. Try it. Read his letters and Rule.
If you want to learn more about St. Francis of Assisi, I recommend this biography by Fr. Augustine Thompson, OP. And for kids? My Adventures in Assisi takes kids on a journey with the saint on the roads of his home town.