Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 7 2018

St. Francis of Assisi- A lesson in Compassion

Prayer to St. 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

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’s in dying that we are born to eternal life

Amen

 

I don’t know about you, but every time we sing this song in church, I cry a little (or a lot depending on what is going on in my life).  What is it?  What makes this song so powerful? I can’t remember if it made me cry before I had children, but I am guessing it didn’t.  This song is a complete picture of what it looks like to love completely.  The love that makes you small so that others can grow big in your love. The love that lets your issues stay tucked away while you put your family’s growth and importance at the top of the list.  It is in digging this deep into your own soul that you can become compassionate.  I have read articles on how to teach compassion to children.  To teach them that other’s suffering is their concern.  That it is important to be able to put yourself in someone else’s misfortune. I wonder if it is something that we can even teach though.  Compassion is not a virtue but love is.  I make the argument that we can teach our children to love that when we love God, with our whole heart and soul, that we open our hearts to compassion.  St. Francis had compassion.  And that is why he is the most popular saint since the Virgin Mary.  He lived a life that was serious about literally living out Christ’s work.  We celebrated him as the Patron Saint of animals today at our Pet blessing but he really shows us all how to have the greatest compassion for all of God’s creatures; especially the human ones.  I love the prayer to Saint Francis and I am grateful for the chance to love with all my soul, soul, soul!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

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