This is such an inspiring and comforting prayer I decided to put it onto an aceo. I resurrected this aceo just before the recent murders of our embassy workers and the widespread riots and attacks throughout the Middle East and around the globe. It seems very timely, unfortunately.
Not wanting to distract from the intention of the words, I used clippings for the background which I want to convey a mood of struggle, support and hope.
When I see this prayer, the melody of the song for these words pops up in my thoughts. It's an easy song to sing, a kind of mantra- soothing and spirit building at the same time. An adult lullaby of sorts.
I don't know how many versions of this song there are or if Francis actually wrote any version. The prayer first appeared in 1912 in France, and the saint died around 1182 aged 44.
To be associated with this powerful message and to be remembered throughout the centuries is a powerful achievement, even if the composition was intentional and not authentic to the saint.
Francis is the patron saint of ecology and pets. His feast day is celebrated on October 4.
Do you want to be remembered and for what?