May the Lord give you peace! The brothers begged our Holy Father, St. Francis of Assisi to teach them to pray. Francis’ way was always ‘The Gospel Way’ and so he said: “When you pray say OUR FATHER.” He also said: “When you pray say “We adore you, O Christ, in all your churches throughout the whole world and we bless you for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”
It is for this reason, wrote Thomas of Celano in the Life of St. Francis – First Book XVII, 45: “In whatever place a church had been built, even when they were not near it, but could glimpse it from a distance,they would turn toward it. Prostrate on the ground, bowing inwardly and outwardly, they would adore the Almighty saying, ‘We adore you, O Christ, in all your churches…’just as their holy father taught them. What is just as striking is that wherever they saw a cross or the sign of a cross, whether on the ground, on a wall, in the trees or roadside hedges they did the same thing.”
Bless you all during 2013 and when you pray remember Francis’ way – the ‘Gospel Way’.
If you want to know more about the Franciscan Way of life please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org