I have always loved St. Francis and a few years ago I met my first “Secular Franciscan”. She is a woman who runs a home for people with Aids in Camden New Jersey. She was bubbly and alive in the midst of tremendous suffering and pain. I could see she was a woman of deep devotion and she loved her people deeply. For her they had become true family. She truly embodied the values of the Order of Secular Franciscan’s.
This weekend while reading the book “Leading on Empty” by Wayne Cordeiro, I ran across this prayer written by the ancient Franciscans which I absolutely love.
“May God bless you and discomfort you at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships. So that you may live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand and comfort them and turn their pain to joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world and in your neighborhood, so that you will courageously try what you don’t think you can do, but in Jesus Christ you’ll have the strength necessary to do.
May God bless you so that you remember we are all called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch.”