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.
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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
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.
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