Here is the well-known prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, known as “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace,” that I will translate through my Apatheistic viewpoint. But first a standard view with the pathos left in:
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,
not so much to be understood as to understand,
not so much 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 awake to eternal life.
I feel a great affinity for this great prayer, because it seeks to help all humans to lift themselves to a more intimate relationship with the truths of reality, and their inner self. So many prayers by common people are propitiations for personal improvement in personal health and in social status above other people. This new prayer is adjusted to be spoken from a person’s innermost self.
Living in kindness
I ask of my inmost being to validate life’s potential force.
Where there is dissension to reveal a common goal,
Where there is injury to provide a healing process,
Where there is uncertainty to generate a courage to proceed,
Where there is emptiness to expose a vision of achievable purpose,
Where there is nothing to reveal a glorious goal,
Where there was an empty heart to create a realization of fulfillment.
I ask my guiding heart to train me so I may console others,
That I may see the world from those others’ hearts,
That I may give them what they need to find their way;
So we may learn that by giving we will receive,
That by pardoning we too will be pardoned,
That by dying to our selfish self we will live in our kindest self.