Franciscan

Prayer before the crucifix at San Damiano

Walking by the San Damiano church that was abandoned and almost in ruins, Francis was led by the Spirit to pray before the crucifix. The image of Christ spoke to him, "Francis, go rebuild My house; as you see, it is all being destroyed." He literally followed this command by buying stones and mortar to rebuild the church and came to realize his mission to rebuild his inner life and that of the Church worldwide.

The Prayer before the Crucifix at San Damiano

Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord,
that I may carry out Your holy and true command.

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