Friday, October 3, 2014

Feast of St. Francis/Kol Nidre...This is a day to pause!

October 4th, 2014
In the Jewish faith today is Yom Kippur, at sun down this evening there is a service named Kol Nidre,  where there is a conscious practice of severing and ending those vows we have (personally with God, Life, Source, the Universe) not held up in the past year and a committing to new vows (in the Hebrew calendar this is the new year 5775).

Also today in the Catholic faith it is the feast or celebration of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment.  There is a very popular prayer known as the prayer of Assisi.

On this day, I keep fresh before me these words and my intentions.  Let us all walk forward from this point being an instrument of the highest good, serving the deepest vows of our hearts to love and be loved...Amen

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.