Heavenly Father, you have given us the saints to be our models, patrons, and friends. Today we turn to Saint Francis of Assisi, and as you helped him reflect the image of Christ through his life of poverty and humility, grant us, through his intercession, the graces we so much need for soul and body. Especially we ask for: (STATE REQUEST). We also ask your blessings on all those whom we love.
May the example of Saint Francis inspire us to grow in holiness as we imitate his joyful love. We ask this in your merciful love, through the merits of Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
The words of Saint Francis:
Holy obedience confounds all the desires of the flesh and keeps the body mortified to the obedience of the spirit and to the obedience of one’s brother and makes a man subject to all the men of this world and not to men alone, but also to all beasts and wild animals, so that they may do with him whatsoever they will, in so far as it may be granted to them from above by the lord.
Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, grant us in our misery the grace to do for you alone what we know you want us to do, and always to desire what pleases you. Thus inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened, and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footsteps of your beloved son, our lord, Jesus Christ; and by your grace alone, may we make our way to you, most high, who live and rule in perfect trinity and simple unity, and are glorified God, all powerful, forever and ever.