07/17/2014 09:13 am ET Updated Jul 23, 2014

Daily Meditation: Pray For World Peace

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Today's meditation features a classic peace prayer from St. Francis of Assisi. The prayer calls on us all to be instruments of peace in a world fraught by despair.

Peace prayer of St. 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 discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
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.

CORRECTION: This prayer has be added, and a prayer from Dr. Jane Goodall has been removed at the request of



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