Our Prayer Life:
What is Franciscan Prayer?
We know that neither Clare nor Francis offered a complicated prayer method. They call their followers to prayer with a decidedly contemplative dimension – to be present to God who is present to all creatures is prayer. Our prayer is always addressed to God in the Son by the power of the Spirit…Our prayer is to be Incarnational. We become alive to God’s deeds in the greatest gift of God, the Incarnation, in which God becomes one with us in the Son. The purpose of all Franciscan prayer, then, is to give God ceaseless praise and thanksgiving for all God has done and does in creation and in our re-creation in Christ.
Prayer is a way of life for us – all the time and everywhere. We should be so filled with God that adoration flows from the depth of our inner life … with joy and thanksgiving. … This is the holiness to which we are called. Our every day should thus be sanctified. In Francis’ time, this sanctification of the day was given clear expression in the divine office. This is still the Church’s understanding of the Liturgy of the Hours. We pray with the Son in his Mystical Body celebrating God’s gift of salvation throughout the day. … Francis, praying the Office is also a sign of fidelity to the Church’s tradition of daily praise and intercession.
[In the Rule], the motivation for our life of ceaseless prayer is described. … The created world is the expression of God’s goodness and the theater of God’s redemptive love for us. Because we are made in God’s image, it is possible for us to seek union with God as we do God’s will. Thus, the Franciscan does not flee the world in order to ‘escape’ to God, but seeks immersion in its sacramental reality. – From: Margaret Carney, OSF – Franciscan Morning and Evening Praise
What is the Liturgy of the Hours?
The Liturgy of the Hours, which is the public and common prayer of the Church, is the prayer of Christ with his body, the Church. Through the Liturgy of the Hours the mystery of Christ, which we celebrate in the Eucharist, sanctifies and transforms the whole of each day. It is composed mainly of psalms, other biblical texts, and readings from the Fathers and spiritual masters. —From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic
May the Lord bless and keep us, May his face shine upon us and be gracious to us, May the Lord look upon us with kindness and give us his peace and may the Lord bless us, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit – Amen
Daily Scripture Readings – Daily Mass Readings and Meditations for the Day
Franciscan Crown Rosary (The Seven Joys of Mary) — National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi
Prayers of St. Francis – (OFM.org)
Additional Prayer Resources:
Prayers & Devotions (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Many Catholic Prayers (Catholic Online) — listed alphabetically & by subject
3-Minute Retreat (Loyola Press)