St. Francis of Assisi
“Desire above all things to have the Spirit of the Lord and its holy activity, and pray always with a pure heart,”
-St. Francis of Assisi (The Later Rule, Chapter X:8)
St. Francis (1182–1226) was a saint for all times, a saint for all people.
He preached peace in an era when life without war was unthinkable. He embraced the poor while others treated them with scorn. And he allied himself with nature centuries before humanity understood its connection to every living thing.
In his brief life of 44 years, Francis had a seismic impact on the Church – an impact we feel today, 800 years after his death. In life he was Il Poverello, “The Little Poor Man”. In death he became one of the most powerful influences for good that the world has ever seen.
Francis is the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, the Franciscan brotherhood to which we belong. Our rule, as was his, is “To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps.”
His Feast day is October 4 and he is the patron saint of animals, merchants, ecology and Italy.
Click the link to follow each day:
Day 1 – As you remember your intentions to the Lord, please pray for all those around the world who are also praying this novena.
Day 2 – Please pray for the poor, forgotten, desperate and lonely around the world and in our neighborhoods.
Day 3 – Today let us pray for all those suffering from broken relationships and family struggles
Day 4 – Please pray for healing of all who are sick with the coronavirus and those putting themselves at risk to help during this time.
Day 5 – Let us pray today for our youth to be safe, loved and to know God.
Day 6 – Let us pray for all those suffering with mental illness and their families
Day 7 – Today we pray for Pope Francis and all our spiritual leaders.
The Canticle of the Creatures – St. Francis’ great poem praising God.
CONSIDER A FUTURE
WITH THE FRIARS
Help us continue to serve the poor, care for the retired friars and our men in formation.
LET US PRAY