Lord, Make Me a Channel of Disturbance: The "Reverse St. Francis Prayer"

A prayer from an unknown author, to my mind it speaks for this present moment as well.

Reblogged from “The Adventures of Almost – Parson Carson

The Adventures of Parson Carson

Lord, make me a channel of disturbance.
Where there is apathy, let me provoke;

Where there is compliance, let me bring questioning;

Where there is silence, may I be a voice.
Where there is too much comfort and too little action, grant disruption;
Where there are doors closed and hearts locked,
Grant the willingness to listen.
When laws dictate and pain is overlooked…
When tradition speaks louder than need…
Grant that I may seek rather to do justice than to talk about it;
Disturb us, O Lord.
To be with, as well as for, the alienated;
To love the unlovable as well as the lovely;
Lord, make me a channel of disturbance.
~ Author unknown
Chapel at the Jvaris Mlonastery near Tbilisi, Georgia by Caroline Carson, 2015

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Author: Bill Ziegler

I am a former resident of Delhi Township. These are memories of my life and times in that community during the 1950s and 1960s. A time capsule.

4 thoughts on “Lord, Make Me a Channel of Disturbance: The "Reverse St. Francis Prayer"”

    1. I found this on Gloria Purvis’ website — she was formerly a host of an early broadcast on EWTN, the largest American Catholic broadcaster. Her program was the only one with a black host behind the microphone. Systemic racism’s deep roots at work.

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      1. Yes, the dominant culture anywhere always has systemic bias embedded in it. We’re never really free from bias because we’re instinctively tribal creatures, which makes having laws to override that default bias so important. When was Gloria Purvis the host of the program? Was it some time ago?


        1. Thanks for your comment, Katrina. Systemic racism has been going on here for more than 400 years, and, as you accurately note, humankind is tribal by nature. I haven’t seen how long the show was broadcast, but my feeling is that it goes back decades.

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