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October 4, 2014

St. Francis of Assisi

Galatians 6: 14-18

May I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through it, the world has been crucified to the world and I to the world. It means nothing whether one is circumcised or not. All that matters is that one is created anew. Peace and mercy on all who follow this rule of life, and on the Israel of God. Henceforth let no person trouble me, for I bear the brand marks of Jesus in my body. Brothers and sisters, may the favor of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Under the Sign of the Cross

St. Francis of Assisi is an iconic saint whose life and spirit animate persons of every faith and background. Since the election of Pope Francis in March 2013, devotion to St. Francis of Assisi has soared worldwide. In addition, the words and actions of Pope Francis, especially with his simple manner of life and constant outreach to the poor, give us immediate insight into the life and spirit of St. Francis. Going further, Pope Francis’ ready smile and gentle caress of those Jesus called “the least” invite us to similar gestures of service and friendship to “the poor” we know and meet — at home, in school, at work, at the mall, wherever there is need.

What do such concrete gestures of  service and friendship look like in my life? What steps do I take personally to “bear the brand marks of Jesus” in my daily routine? Precisely how am I “for” and “with” the poor?  On this special feast day, may St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis give us courage to “boast in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

I beg you, Lord, let the fiery, gentle power of your love take possession of my soul and snatch it away from everything under heaven. May I die for love of your love as you saw fit to die for love of mine.

―St. Francis of Assisi

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St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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October 4, 2014

St. Francis of Assisi

Galatians 6: 14-18

May I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through it, the world has been crucified to the world and I to the world. It means nothing whether one is circumcised or not. All that matters is that one is created anew. Peace and mercy on all who follow this rule of life, and on the Israel of God. Henceforth let no person trouble me, for I bear the brand marks of Jesus in my body. Brothers and sisters, may the favor of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Under the Sign of the Cross

St. Francis of Assisi is an iconic saint whose life and spirit animate persons of every faith and background. Since the election of Pope Francis in March 2013, devotion to St. Francis of Assisi has soared worldwide. In addition, the words and actions of Pope Francis, especially with his simple manner of life and constant outreach to the poor, give us immediate insight into the life and spirit of St. Francis. Going further, Pope Francis’ ready smile and gentle caress of those Jesus called “the least” invite us to similar gestures of service and friendship to “the poor” we know and meet — at home, in school, at work, at the mall, wherever there is need.

What do such concrete gestures of  service and friendship look like in my life? What steps do I take personally to “bear the brand marks of Jesus” in my daily routine? Precisely how am I “for” and “with” the poor?  On this special feast day, may St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis give us courage to “boast in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

I beg you, Lord, let the fiery, gentle power of your love take possession of my soul and snatch it away from everything under heaven. May I die for love of your love as you saw fit to die for love of mine.

―St. Francis of Assisi

Please share the Good Word with your friends!