Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

English Translation

The Prayer of Saint Francis

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; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Spanish Translation

La Oración de San Francisco

Señor, hazme un instrumento de tu paz:
Donde haya odio, que lleve yo el amor
donde haya ofensa, que lleve el perdón
donde haya discordia, que lleve la union;
donde haya duda, que lleve la fe
donde haya error, que lleve la verdad;
donde haya tristeza, que lleve la alegría;
donde haya oscuridad, que lleve la luz.

O Maestro, concédeme
que yo no busque tanto
ser consolado, sino consolar
ser comprendido, sino comprender,
ser amado, sino amar.
Porque es dando que recibimos
es perdonando que somos perdonados
y es muriendo que nacemos a la vida eternal. Amén.

PEARLS OF PARADISE

He is called Jesus, The Young Child, thy Holy Child, The Nazarene, Jesus of Nazareth.

He is called LORD, Lord Jesus, The Lord from Heaven, The Lord of Glory, The Lord of Righteousness, The Lord of the Holy Prophets, The Lord our Saviour, My Lord and my God.

He is called Jesus Christ, Christ Jesus, Lord and Christ, The Lord Jesus Christ, The Christ of God, Lord Jesus Christ, Lord of Sabbath, Lord of Hosts, Lord of Heaven and Earth, Jesus Christ our Lord, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

He is called Jesus Christ our Righteous, Saviour, Emmanuel, Teacher, Rabboni, Master, Governor, Law Giver, Forerunner, Redeemer, Messiah, Shiloh, Deliverer, Mediator, Intercessor, Messiah and Prince, A Prince and a Saviour, Mighty to Save. He is called The Surety of a Better Testament, The Just One, The Holy One, The Holy and the Just, The Holy and Righteous One, The Holy One of God, The Faithful and True Witness, A Witness to the People, A leader and Commander of the People, The Consolation of Israel, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

He is called The First Fruits, The First Begotten, The elect of God, A Branch of Righteousness, The Second Adam, The Last Adam, King of Zion, The King of the Jews, The King of Saints, The Prince of the Kings of the Earth, The King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, God Manifest in the flesh.

He is called The Righteous Judge, The Judge of Israel, The Judge of all the Earth, The Desire of all the Nations, The Ensign of the People, and The Captain of the Lord’s Hosts, A Banner Upon the High Mountain.

He is called The Messenger of the Covenant, A Minister of the Sanctuary, The Author and Finisher of Our Faith, Our Advocate, Our Advocate With the Father, Our Peace, Our Ransom, Our Passover, Our Great High Priest, A priest Forever After the Order of Melchisedec, King of Righteousness, King of Salem, King of Peace!

He is called The Man Christ Jesus, A Man Approved of God, The Firstborn Among Many Brethren, a Friend That sticketh closer than a brother.

He is called The Master, Your Lord and Master, Good Master.

He is called The Horn of Salvation, The Captain of our Salvation, The Brightness of the Father’s Glory, The Glory as of the Only Begotten, The Image of Invisible God, The Express Image of His Person, The Fullness of the Godhead Bodily, The Bridegroom, The Beginning of the Creation of God.

He is Called The Way, The Truth, The Life, The Tree of Life, The Light of Life, The Word of Life, The Bread of Life, The Prince of Life, Life Eternal.

He is called The Water of Life, The Living Water, the Living Bread, The Bread Which Came Down From Heaven, The True Bread From Heaven, The Hidden Manna.

He is called The Door, The Door of the Sheep, The Chief Shepherd, The Good Shepherd, That Great Shepherd of the Sheep, THE Shepherd and Bishop of Your Souls, A Lamb Without Spot or Blemish, A Lamb Slain Before the Foundation of the World.

He is called The Vine, The True Vine, The Root of Jesse, The Root and Offspring of David.

He is called The Prophet of Nazareth, A prophet Mighty in Word and Deed, The Prophet of the Highest.

He is called The Day Star, The Day Spring From on High, Heir of All Things.

He is called A Tried Stone, A Living Stone, An Elect Stone, A Sure Foundation, A Stone Chosen of God and Precious.

He is called That Rock, That Spiritual Rock. The Rock of Ages.

He is called Faithful and True Witness, The Apostle and High Priest of Our Profession.

He is Called I AM!

He is called That Man of Sorrows, A Friend of Sinners, The Gift of God, The Unspeakable Gift, God Blessed Forever.

He is called The Light of the World, A Quickening Spirit, The Firstfruits of Them That Slept, The First Begotten of the Dead, The Resurrection and the Life!

He is called The Head of the Corner, The Head of the Church, The Head of Every Man, The True Light Which Lighteth Every Man Which Cometh Into the World.

He is called The Rose of Sharon, The Lily of the Valley, The One Altogether Lovely, The Fairest Among Ten Thousand, The Bright and Morning Star.

He is called the Power of God, The Wisdom of God, The Gift of God, The Word of God, The Image of God, The Lamb of God Which Taketh Away the Sins of the World, God’s Elect.

He is called The First and the Last, The Beginning and the End, Alpha and Omega, Ancient of Days, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Blessed and Only Potentate, God With Us, God Our Saviour, The Only Wise God Our Saviour, The Lord Which Is, Which was, Which is to Come.

He is called The Almighty.

He is called The Son of Mary, the Son of Man, The Son of David, The Son of Abraham, The Son of the Blessed, The Son of Righteousness, The Son of the Highest, My Son, The Son of God, The Son of the Living God, God’s Dear Son, The Son of His Love, The Only Begotten Son of God, and This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am Well Pleased!

He is called The Armed Warrior, The Mouth of the Lord of Hosts, The Zeal of the Lord of Hosts, Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Content Written Dr. Clinton N. Howard (First published in 1925.)
Edited by Holy Love

God’s Grace

“Almighty God, give us the grace that we may cast away the works of darkness and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life.”

God Wants You To Work

If there are to many things to do…  get organized.

How to Get Organized:
First and foremost, God is first.
Second, love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Third, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Fourth, love your brother, love your sister, love your mother, love your father.

How to Love:
Learn to hate and you will know how to love.
Learn why you hate and you will know why to love.
Trust that you are always moving forward; no matter what you experience.

How to Trust:
Life is an amazing gift given to you by a Father who only wants the best for you and has supplied you with everything you need. It has all already been given to you, you have to ask; for you can not receive without asking.

How to Ask:
You already know the answer to this. It is something you do on a daily basis when you are in need of something.

I believe you are a wonderful Father and have already given me and provided for me in every aspect of my life, starting with my life and everything you did beforehand. I love you. I thank you. I ask you for the ability to pass this (test). If I do not pass this (test) I will continue and know it is not from your lack but from mine and I will retake the (test) and pass it. When I pass I will give you thanks for providing me the way. When I pass the first time you have provided me with a miracle. A miracle you provided me in the past but I never spoke to you to give you thanks nor told anyone you were the source. I am deeply sorry and I know it will happen again but you will see me perfect because of Jesus Christ and always provide for me and my brethren and sisters in abundance. WOW…You are amazing. I love you. Thank you. Amen.

Master of the Universe

“Master of the universe, Who reigned before any form was created, At the time when His will brought all into being – then as ‘King’ was his name proclaimed. After all has ceased to be, He, the Awesome One, will reign along. It is He Who was, He Who is, and He Who shall remain, in splendor. He is One – there is no second to compare to Him, to declare as His equal. Without beginning, without conclusion – His is the power and dominion. He is my God, my living Redeemer, Rock of my pain in time of distress. He is my banner, a refuge for me, the portion in my cup on the day I call. Into His hand I shall entrust my spirit when I go to sleep – and I shall awaken! With my spirit shall my body remain. God is with me, I shall not fear.”

“Exalted be the Living God and praised, He exists – unbounded by time is His existence. He is One – and there is no unity like His Oneness. Inscrutable and infinite is His Oneness. He has no semblance of a body nor is He corporeal; nor has His holiness any comparison. He preceded every being that was created – the First, and nothing precedes His precedence. Behold! He is Master of the universe to every creature, He demonstrates His greatness and His sovereignty. He granted His flow of prophecy to His treasured splendrous people.”

A New Heaven and A New Earth: The Age of the Earth

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.”

“And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day.”

“And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called to the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.”

“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day.”

“And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day.”

“And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every  tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food. And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.”

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.”

Praise be to our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. He is our Messiah, our King, our Savior and our Teacher. Without his sacrifice we are sinners living under the curse. Through his sacrifice and the grace of our Holy Father we are forgiven and able to receive the Spirit of our Father and live under the blessings. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

“The Heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

Our God is King of the Universe. His ways are higher than our own. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The word teaches us “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. We do not know how much time passes from this to the next. Christ teaches us to love God and to love our neighbor. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” This is what we should strive to emulate, the love he had for his fellow brothers and sisters.

“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and women and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

Believe and Receive

Make the way for the Lord’s return. The Almighty himself here on earth. For believers filled with the Spirit this means heaven on earth. It is a time when there is no more suffering. Sickness and death pass away. Life is restored. As it was in the beginning so it is again. It is a time to rejoice. It is a time to praise the Lord for providing us with his blessings and putting an end to the suffering. It is a time when all things are revealed. Nothing will be left unturned. It is a time of cleansing and purifying. Love is all that prevails.

The more we understand the love our Heavenly Father provides us with, in abundance, we gain a power for living and become part of creating heaven on earth. There is nothing that can come between the peace our Father gives us when he pours out his love unto us. In the renewing of our minds we are transformed into a new creation. It is a creation of God’s making. He is the Almighty Creator who provides a grace where anything we have done, do or will do is and has been forgiven. We are not judged according to our own efforts. All we have to do is believe and receive.

He wants us to turn toward Him and let him know how much we love him. His love is here now if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. He fills our heart with his love. We are made in his image.

Thank you Holy Father for this gift. For only you are Righteous and Holy.

Faith and Endurance

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.”

“Believers who are poor have something to boast about, for God has honored them. And those who are rich should boast that God has humbled them. They will fade away like a little flower in the field. The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements.”

“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters.”

“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Fathers, who created all lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow. He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.”

Listening and Doing

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”

“If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”