The Irish Franciscans wish you joy unbounded
in the love of Christ
as we celebrate the feast of St Francis.
Pope Francis is showing the whole world
the beauty of the Franciscan message:
that the heart that is turned towards the Lord
in humble, child-like trust
and is open to our brothers and sisters
in gentle compassion
knows true and lasting joy.
“If we act like children of God,
knowing that He loves us,
our lives will be made new,
filled with serenity and joy.”