For it is in giving that we receive…

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For it is in giving that we receive…
These words of Saint Francis are true but hard to live by. I recently listened to an interview with opera singer Joyce DiDonato and conductor Antonio Pappano speaking on musicians and mental health. Their wise advice applies to everyone. If you have 2 minutes of time, click on the link below and listen.
 
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; 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; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life. – St. Francis of Assisi (d.1226)