The Prayer of St. Francis illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg

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Prayer of St. Francis

Many Catholics and non-Catholics alike are familiar with “The Prayer of St. Francis” which begins, “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” If you don’t already know it, this might be a good prayer to learn by heart.  In addition, we recommend the illustrated version by the artist and wood engraver Fritz Eichenberg. Eichenberg was born into a Jewish family in Germany in 1901. He was forced to flee Germany in the 1930s because he was an outspoken critic of the Nazis. He and his wife settled in New York.  Raised in a non-religious family, Eichenberg was a great seeker.  He studied Taoism as a child and became a Quaker Christian as an adult. Eichenberg illustrated many books, and also did work for The Catholic Worker newspaper in New York City. See more of his work here:


“Christ of the Breadline” by Fritz Eichenberg:

Christ of the Breadline



“The Annunciation” by Fritz Eichenberg:

The Annunciation