The Journey of Prayer   Leave a comment

Almighty God, and You my Lord Jesus Christ,
I pray you to enlighten me and to dispel the darkness of my spirit;
give me a faith that is without limit,
a hope that is ever unfailing,
and a love that is universal.
Grant, O my God, that I may really know You
and that I may be guided in all things
according to Your light and in conformity with Your will.
(St. Francis of Assisi)

Francis praying

“The journey of prayer for Franciscans is the discovery of God at the center of our lives.  We pray not to acquire a relationship with God as if acquiring something that did not previously exist.  Rather, we pray to disclose the image of God in which we are created, the God within us, that is, the one in whom we are created and in whom lies the seed of our identity.  We pray so as to discover what we already have – “the incomparable treasure hidden in the field of the world and of the human heart.”  We pray not to “ascend” to God but to “give birth to God,” to allow the image in which we are created to become visible.  We pray to bear Christ anew.  In prayer, therefore, we discover what we already have, the potential for the fullness of life, and this life is the life of Christ.”  Source:  Franciscan Prayer by Ilia Delio, OSF

“We are mothers, when we carry him in our heart and body through divine love and a pure and sincere conscience; we give birth to him through a holy life which must give light to others by example.”  Source:  Exhortation of Saint Francis to the Brothers and Sisters in Penance by Saint Francis.

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Posted June 7, 2015 by ouidaofs in Franciscan, Prayer

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