Prayer in the Franciscan tradition

Discovering God at the centre of our lives.

Simple. Prayer is about God and our relationship to God. I Delio

Life can be unpredictable, but one thing is certain, God is with us, within us and surrounds us with infinite love. We move toward God because God has first moved toward us: This is the Franciscan path of prayer.

LENT

BECOMING VULNERABLE

Lord, as you found out in your life, when I try to do good for others, I can often end up getting wounded myself. Yet, you continue to call me to trust in you and extend myself for others, May the knowledge that comes from knowing that I am striving to do your will, even when I feel wounded by opening myself to others, give me strength and courage to continue to serve you. AMEN

ACTION

Try a little act of kindness today.

“the incomparable treasure hidden in the field of the world and of the human heart” (Clare of Assisi, Third Letter to Agnes of Prague)

A Different Approach – from Ilia Delio, OSF

Francis of Assisi, attained the heights of contemplation through a penetrating vision of creation. With a basic education in reading and writing, Francis came to prayer from a popular and lay experience. He looked on the material world—not for what it is but for how it is: God’s creation.

For Francis and Clare of Assisi their relationship with God was based on faith that God became human in Jesus Christ ~ the incarnation. For them their relationship with God was an intimate one; they wanted to follow Jesus as closely as they could. Prayer in the Franciscan tradition is not about attaining something new, it is discovering what is already in us.

The journey of prayer for Franciscans is the discovery of God at the center of our lives. God exists inherently within the very seed of our identity. Franciscans pray to open up the image of God in which we are created, the God within all of creation and the God who loves us unconditionally.

Life can be unpredictable, but one thing is certain, God is with us, within us and surrounds us with infinite love. We move toward God because God has first moved toward us: This is the Franciscan path of prayer.