Thought for the Day

Thursday 23 July

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

— Saint Francis of Assisi

Eknath Easwaran's Commentary

When we ask to be made instruments of peace, what we are really asking for is the boundless determination to empty ourselves of every state of mind that disrupts relationships – anger, resentment, jealousy, greed, self-will in any form. Our first priority is to reform ourselves; without that, how can we expect to help other people reform themselves? It is the living example of a man or woman giving all they have to making love a reality that moves our hearts to follow. We do not need a bumper sticker that says, “You are following an instrument of the Lord.” Our everyday actions speak for themselves.

The Thought for the Day is today's entry from Eknath Easwaran's Words to Live By.