A Prayer of St. Francis for Autism – Reposted

by Tim on March 13, 2013

I am not a Catholic, but I decided to observe the election of Pope Francis and his surprise choice of papal name by reposting the Prayer of St. Francis for Autism I wrote a couple of years ago. St. Francis of Assisi is one whose example and words of compassion, strength, encouragement, resolve, and hope have spoken to me over the years, and it seemed fitting to me to post this here again today.

May we on this occasion recommit ourselves to serving and advocating for everyone in the human family until all are celebrated and loved.

A Prayer of St. Francis for Autism
by Tim Tucker

Lord, let thy peace fill me up until I overflow;
that where people cannot speak, I may be their advocate;
that where anyone is rejected, I may extend my arms in welcome;
that where parents are heavy burdened, I may offer a word of comfort;
that where our children struggle, I may lift them up and cheer;
that where some see disability, I may reveal to them extraordinary gifts;
that where others judge, I may share with them my deep gladness;
and that where any are overlooked, I may help the lights of all to shine.

O Giver of These Gifts,
grant that I may not so much seek to be reassured as to reassure;
to be praised, as to praise;
to be accepted, as to accept;
for it is in all our uncertainty that we are inspired to hope;
it is in great challenges that we discover our greatest joys,
and it is in our community of wanderers that we find the way home.

Amen.

 

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Kimberly March 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm

This is absolutely beautiful. I hope you do not mind that I print it out and hung it next to my desk. It is a perfect reminder for me of all I strive for daily. I only just read it a few minutes ago but I already know this prayer will stay with me forever. I already know these few simple lines will help me through my own moments of great personal struggle. Thank you for this.

Mary Sala (@Flashpoint247) March 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you!

G June 20, 2014 at 9:56 am

Thank you for this prayer. I have prayed this prayer before a long long time ago but now it delivers a total new message for me as I pray for my little one who was diagnosed with Autism. Thank you again

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