Francis was no hippie, as Father Z says “He wasn’t the bunny-hugging bird kisser that people think he was from their viewings of garden statues and Brother Sun, Sister Moon.”
If you want to know the real deal about St. Francis, start over there….but this comment by the Masked Chicken gives the skinny on where the sentimental “Peace Prayer” came from. Hint: it wasn’t from St. Francis.
The Masked Chicken says:
Here is a link to an article that explains the, “Peace Prayer,” history.
It was known in Catholic circles, including the Vatican, as early as 1916, so the prayer, itself, has ecclesiastical approbations. It just doesn’t original with St. Francis. It also has a unique understanding of the word, peace, which seems to conflict with Christ’s words of Matt 10: 34-42:
“34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; 36 and a man’s foes will be those of his own household. 37 He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38 and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it. 40 “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me. 41 He who receives a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward, and he who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. 42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.”
More often than not, this Prayer has been associated with liberal movements, who seem to confuse peace – the absence of conflict, with Peace – that tranquillity that flows from God’s right order. The two definitions do not have to contradict, but the former pre-supposes the later.