Ever since I was a young girl I have had a special devotion to and love for St. Francis of Assisi. The simple way he lived his life, his compelling desire to evangelize regardless of the cost, and his deep love for God’s creation – a few of the attributes that continually draw me to this saint we celebrate today, October 4. In fact, we have a garden in our backyard in honor of him – our ST. FRANCIS GARDEN –
Today is a great day to get outside and enjoy the gift of God’s creation in honor of this amazing spiritual giant! It is also tradition in many parishes to bless pets on this day – so if you have a pet, get it blessed!
Below is the Prayer of St. Francis – a rich treasure that you can add to your prayers each day.
PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
“Lord – Make me an instrument of thy peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master grant that I might not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”
HAPPY FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS!