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paix (pay) noun, feminine
  : peace

      Qui vit en paix avec lui-même vit en paix avec l'univers.
      He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.

                                                --Marcus Aurelius

by Kristin Espinasse

(The following is a prayer* that fell out of a book on my husband's nightstand... [I wasn't snooping. Really, I wasn't!] The English translation follows...).

Seigneur, faites de moi un instrument de votre paix.
Là où il y a de la haine, que je mette l'amour.
Là où il y a l'offense, que je mette le pardon.
Là où il y a la discorde, que je mette l'union.
Là où il y a l'erreur, que je mette la vérité.
Là où il y a le doute, que je mette la foi.
Là où il y a le désespoir, que je mette l'espérance.
Là où il y a les ténèbres, que je mette votre lumière.
Là où il y a la tristesse, que je mette la joie.

Ô Maître, que je ne cherche pas tant à être consolé qu'à consoler, à être compris qu'à comprendre, à être aimé qu'à aimer, car c'est en donnant qu'on reçoit, c'est en s'oubliant qu'on trouve, c'est en pardonnant qu'on est pardonné, c'est en mourant qu'on ressuscite à l'éternelle vie.

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  Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
  Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
  Where there is injury, let me sow pardon;
  Where there is discord, let me sow harmony;
  Where there is error, let me sow truth;
  Where there is doubt, let me sow faith;
  Where there is despair, let me sow hope;
  Where there is darkness, let me sow light;
  And where there is sadness, let me sow 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 forgetting ourselves that we find, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

References: prayer = (the little card that tumbled out of the book, and on which the prayer was printed, attributes the prayer to "Saint François" [Saint Francis of Assisi]. The prayer is commonly known as "The Prayer of Saint Francis")
The Guide to Lodging in France's Monasteries
A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago: Camino Frances
From Martyr to Monument: The Abbey of Cluny as Cultural Patrimony

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La paix. Qui vit en paix avec lui-même vit en paix avec l'univers.
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French Demystified: simple enough for a beginner, challenging enough for a more advanced student
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End Quote:
Garde la paix en toi, ensuite offre la aux autres.
Keep peace in yourself, then offer it to others.

                                            --Thomas A Kempis

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