St Francis of Assisi: Are You Enlightened to Know Our Father?

Feast of St Sabbas the Sanctified and the Holy Martyr Diogenes

Francis_Square.jpgOUR FATHER, our most blessed, most holy Creator, our Savior and our Comforter; who art in heaven, in the angels, in the saints, enlightening them to know Thee; because Thou, O Lord, art the light that inflames them by Thy divine love; because Thou, O Lord, art the love which is in them and fills them to render them blessed; because Thou, O Lord, art the highest good, and the eternal good, from which all good things come, and without which there is no good anywhere.

Hallowed be Thy name; let the knowledge of Thee become apparent to us, so that we may know how plentiful are Thy blessings, how long Thy promises, how lofty Thy majesty, how profound Thy judgments.

Thy Kingdom come: that Thou shouldest reign within us with Thy grace and let us come to Thy Kingdom, where we will see Thee face to face, and have perfect love, blessed company, and sempiternal joy.

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; so that we may love Thee with all our heart, thinking ever of Thee; with all our soul, ever desiring Thee; with all our mind, directing all our intentions to Thee, and seeking Thy honor in all things; and with all our strength, employing all the power of our spirit and all the senses of our body in the service of Thy love, and in naught else: and that we may also love our neighbors as ourselves, drawing all men, as far as it is in our power, toward Thy love, rejoicing in the good things of others and grieving at their ills as at our own, and never giving offense to anyone.

Give us this day our daily bread, that is Thy beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in memory of the love He bore us, and of what He said, did, and suffered for us.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and what we do not forgive entirely, make Thou, O Lord, that we should forgive, so that for Thy sake we should sincerely love our enemies, and intercede devoutly for them with Thee, and never render evil for evil, and strive with Thy help to be of assistance to all men.

And lead us not into temptation, hidden or manifest, sudden or protracted.

And deliver us from evil, past, present, and future.

So be it, with good will and without hope of reward.

—St Francis of Assisi, Prayer Inspired by the Our Father

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