Tuesday, July 14, 2009

    COMMUNITY BUILDER: Prayer of St. Francis

    Engage your teens' creative gifts in this prayerful activity.

    Divide your youth into small groups of perhaps 3 or 4. Give each group one line or portion of the prayer of St. Francis below. Challenge them to create a graphic representation of their line of the prayer using a sheet of poster board and a variety of art materials. Want to make it even more interesting? Give each group different materials to work with: paint for one group, magazines and glue for another, perhaps crayons and markers for another. When finished, have each group share their creation and have the group work together to somehow display the entire "illuminated" prayer somewhere in your youth space or in an area of the church where others can view and meditate on the prayer.

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury,pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy.

    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
    to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood as to understand;
    to be loved as to love.
    For it is in giving that we receive;
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
    and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen


    Elizabeth said...

    Anyone ever try this?

    poetgirl852 said...

    I am going to try it today! Wish me luck.