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.

Prayer is about God and our relationship to God. How we understand God’s relationship to us is very important. Schools who carry the Franciscan tradition are encouraged to use inclusive, personal, easy-to-understand and loving language when speaking to God. Our image of God is one who is humble, loving and kind. This kind of God we believe in, is crucial to the way students, staff and community members pray and how the journey of prayer proceeds.

DAILY PRAYER

FOR TODAY

As I arise today, may the strength of God pilot me, the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me. May the eye of God look before me, the ear of God hear me, the word of God speak for me.

May our gracious good God protect me and those I love and meet on the journey of life today. AMEN

ACTION

LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. – go gently!

“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.