October 4, 2021
Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 16 whose words beautifully capture the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi:
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge.Psalm 16:1-2
I say to God, “My Lord are you.”
O God, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
Francis is among the most venerated Saints in Christianity.
- We are deeply moved by his utter embrace of poverty out of love for the poor.
- We are inspired to reverence Creation by his love for all living things.
- We are deepened in sacramental devotion by his dedication to Christ in the Eucharist.
But above all, Francis speaks to us because he was a person who fell completely in love with God. His way and his words encourage us toward the same kind of unconditional love.
I bless my God who counsels me;Psalm 16:7-8
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set God ever before me;
with God at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Francis can teach us so much and companion us as we grow deeper in our love for God, Creation, and all our sisters and brothers.
We pray in blessing and gratitude today for all our Franciscan sisters and brothers who bless our time with the spirit of their beloved founder – especially for our wonderful Sisters of St. Francis in Aston, PA.
Poem-Prayer: Fall in Love – Pedro Arrupe, SJ
Nothing is more practical than finding God,
than falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read,
whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love,
stay in love,and it will decide everything.
Music: Make Me a Channel of Your Peace written by Sebastian Temple, sung by Susan Boyle