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;
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.
This well-known prayer, written centuries after Francis but reflective of his life, speaks of a way of life, a way of peace for which many of us long.Â Yet, whether in our personal or professional lives, or in the larger world, any sort of peace seems illusive.
What might it mean to be an instrument of peace?Â Join in the Franciscan Way and walk into the stories of peace making.
Learn more and register: https://gfm.intervarsity.org/divina-franciscan-way-faculty-ministry
For the past several years, InterVarsity Faculty Ministry in collaboration with InterVarsityâ€™s Study Abroad program, has hostedÂ Via Divina, a digital pilgrimage with downloadable audio guides and companion written materials. This yearâ€™s digital pilgrimage is titledÂ The Franciscan WayÂ and follows the lives of St. Francis and Clare of Assisi. Jamie Noyd, director of the program for graduate students and faculty, will be previewing the themes of the walks of this yearâ€™s pilgrimage in a series of posts. The program is open to all readers of the ESN blog and we join Jamie in inviting you to walk with us!
About the author:
Jamie serves with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries as an Associate Director of Faculty Ministry and serves as Director of Faculty Pilgrimage for InterVarsityâ€™s Faculty Ministries enjoying the opportunity to put into practice her doctoral researchÂ in literary pilgrimage and her training in spiritual direction. She coordinates online and in-person pilgrimages. She also ministers with the local faculty community at the University of Cincinnati.