In order to live out his vocation to preach and to teach the world about our Crucified and Risen Lord, Saint Francis of Assisi spent much time in silent and solitary prayer. He preferred to retreat to hidden and isolated places, often unaccompanied, to grow closer to Christ Jesus both before and after traveling the known world to spread the Good News. We know little about the Poor Man’s private experiences with prayer; and he left only one instruction about how to pray: a commentary on the Lord’s Prayer. As the Catholic Church confronts another crisis and bleeds from many self-inflicted wounds, let us join Saint Francis of Assisi in praying as Christ taught us: in praise, petition, and thanksgiving for the Father’s blessings of friendship, love, and mercy. Let us also pray, with heart’s full of anguish and contrition, for all victims of abuse, harassment, and persecution.
A Prayer Inspired by the Lord’s Prayer
By Saint Francis of Assisi
Our Father Most Holy: Our Creator, Redeemer, Consoler, and Savior.
Who art in heaven: In the angels and in the saints, enlightening them to know that you, O Lord, are light, inflaming them to love; that you, O Lord are love, dwelling in them and filling them with happiness; that you, O Lord, are the Supreme Good, the Eternal Good, from whom all goodness comes and without whom there is no good.
Hallowed by thy Name: May our knowledge of You become more clear, so that we may know the breadth of your blessings, the length of your promises, the height of your majesty, and the depth of your holy judgments.
Thy Kingdom come: So that you may rule us through your grace and enable us to come to your kingdom, where there is clear vision of you, perfect love of you, blessed companionship with you, and eternal joy and life with you.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven: So that we may love you with our whole heart by always thinking about you; with our whole soul by desiring always only you; with our whole mind by always directing all of our intentions to you; and by seeking your glory in everything with our whole strength and by exerting all of our energies and affections in both body and soul and in service of your love and nothing else. And may we love our neighbors as ourselves by drawing them all to your love with our whole strength by rejoicing in the good of others, by suffering with others, and by giving offense to no one.
Give us this day: In remembrance, reverence, and understanding of that love which our Lord Jesus Christ had for us, and of those things that he said, those things he did, and those things he suffered for our sake.
Our daily bread: Your own Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Forgive us our trespasses: Through your indescribable mercy, through the power of the Passion of your Beloved Son, and through the merits and intercessions of the ever-blessed Virgin Mary and all of your angels and saints in heaven.
As we forgive those who trespass against us: And what we do not completely forgive, help us to truly love our enemies because of you; inspire us to truly pray for them before you; returning no one evil for evil; and may we strive always to help everyone in your name.
And lead us not into temptation: Hidden or obvious, sudden or persistent.
But deliver us from evil: Past, present, and yet to come.
Glory to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us! Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us! All holy men and women of Assisi, pray for us! Our Lady of Angels, pray for us!
Fall Day of Prayer & Reflection 2018
Joy & Suffering with Padre Pio
Saturday, October 6th
Earlier this year, Pope Francis visited the House for the Relief of Suffering, a hospital founded by Saint Padre Pio. Afterwards, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Shrine of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, Italy. In his homily, the Holy Father preached about the call to suffer and the three words that summarize the life of a saint: humility, prayer, and wisdom. The pope said: “All of theology is contained here! If you have a problem, if you are sad, if you are sick, abandon yourself into the arms of Jesus!”
The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina on September 23rd and the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4th. In commemoration of these two great saints, all are invited to join our spiritual directors, Father Jim and Cliff Garvey, for a Fall Day of Prayer & Reflection: “Joy & Suffering with Padre Pio” on Saturday, October 6th at Saint Anthony Chapel, which is located at 21 Farrington Avenue in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
During this four-hour mini-retreat, we will explore the life, ministry, and patronage of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina and his special meaning for those who are called to suffer. This special morning of prayer and reflection will proceed according to the following schedule: Celebration of Holy Mass at 8:00am; First Reflection & Faith Sharing at 9:00am; Eucharistic Adoration & Rosary at 10:00am; Second Reflection & Faith Sharing at 11:00am; Angelus & Closing Prayers at 12:00pm.
Throughout the morning, there will be scheduled breaks and time for faith sharing, fellowship, and refreshments. Coffee, tea, and bottled water will be available throughout the morning. After our closing prayers, all are invited to remain for picnic lunch. During Mass, a collection will be taken in support of our adult faith formation ministry. If you would like to join us for our Fall Day of Prayer & Reflection in honor of Saint Pio and Saint Francis, please contact Cliff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us! Bring a friend! Bring your family! All are invited! All are welcome!
Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit with members, friends, and followers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa. We are dedicated to helping Christian believers of all ages to more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. For more information about the Assisi Project and upcoming opportunities for faith formation, prayer, and pilgrimage in the Franciscan spiritual tradition, please contact Cliff Garvey at email@example.com. May the Lord give you peace!
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