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.