Preparing for Lent

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Last week, while looking through the writings of St. Francis, I came upon this prayer of his in a letter which he wrote to the friars. As we prepare for Lent, I share it with you.

Almighty, eternal, just, and merciful God, grant us in our misery to do for your sake alone what we know you want us to do and always to want what pleases you. Cleanse and enlighten us interiorly, and fire us with the ardor of the Holy Spirit, so that we may follow in the footsteps of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and by your grace alone make our way to you, Most High, who live and reign in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified, God all powerful, forever and ever, Amen.

Peace and every blessing,

Fr. Loren Connell, OFM, Detroit, Mich.