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You know?

I spend every Sunday in church looking at the songs and readings with an eye for what I can steal. After all, with Charles singing Christian praises to the Lord in canon, Guinevere being a devout Christian, Nita's mother quoting the bible, and Eustace being from a religious allegory, I can almost always find something that applies to one of my canons.

Tonight, we sang the Prayer of St. Francis, and I was struck by similarities to the Wizard's Oath.

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.

The line "It is in giving that we receive" has a special ring for the YWverse. The Universe pays back those who serve it. And, of course, "Where there is darkness, light" needs no explanation from me.
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On March 27th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC), maid_of_astolat commented:

Madeline L'Engle would say much the same thing. :)

But that is lovely. And I've got to read more than the first book of YW.
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