"Where there is hatred, let me sow love...", the prayer Mother
Teresa recited daily, found mention Saturday in the speeches of
President Pratibha Patil and other dignitaries at a function here
celebrating her birth centenary.
Patil and Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva quoted the prayer
almost fully in their prepared texts.
Sister Prema, mother general of the Missionaries of Charity (the
order founded by Mother Teresa), also quoted from the famous prayer,
written by Saint Francis of Assisi.
The prayer starts "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where
there is hatred, let me sow love, where there is injury, pardon". It
goes on to urge "where there is despair, hope and where there is
It ends with "For it is in giving that we receive, it is pardoning,
that we are pardoned and it it is in dying that we are born to
St Francis' prayer has been praised by leaders of different periods
and nations, including Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
Even Russian revolutionary leader Vladmir Lenin, who came to know
about the prayer in his last days, is reported to have appreciated