Tuesday, February 19, 2013

St. Francis of Assisi's Paraphrase of the "Our Father"

A few months back I wrote a post sharing how the Our Father can be used as a template for times of personal prayer.  I was happy to discover that Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), Founder of the Friars Minor, did exactly that.  Here he is praying the first half of the Our Father:

O our most holy Father,
our Creator, Redeemer, Consoler, and Savior,
“Who are in heaven”,
in the angels and in the saints,
enlightening them to love, because you, Lord, are light,
inflaming them to love, because you, Lord, are love,
dwelling in them and filling them with happiness,
because you, Lord, are the Supreme Good, the Eternal Good
from whom comes all good
without whom there is no good.

“Hallowed be your name”:
may our knowledge of you become ever clearer
that we may know the breadth of your blessings,
the length of your promises,
the height of your majesty,
the depth of your judgments (Eph 3,18).

“Your kingdom come”:
so that you may rule in us through your grace;
enable us to come to your kingdom
where there is an unclouded vision of you,
a perfect love of you,
a blessed companionship with you,
an eternal enjoyment of you.

“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” :
that we may love you with our whole heart
by always thinking of you with our whole soul
by always desiring you with our whole mind
by directing all our intentions to you
and by seeking your glory in everything
with our whole strength,
by spending all our energies and affections
of soul and body
in the service of your love and of nothing else (Mk 12,30).
And may we love our neighbors as ourselves (Mt 22,39)
by drawing them all with our whole strength to your love,
by rejoicing in the good fortunes of others as well as our own,
by sympathizing with the misfortunes of others
and by giving offense to no one.

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