Prayers to St. Francis of Assisi

Patron of Catholic Action,
Animals, Ecology, and Merchants

to the Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be
consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive---
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

God, You enabled St. Francis to imitate Christ by his poverty and humility. Walking in St. Francis' footsteps, may we follow Your Son and be bound to You by a joyful love. Amen.

Patron of Merchants

Most lovable and popular Saint, son of a go-getting and wealthy merchant of Assisi, you discarded earthly possessions for the Savior you loved so dearly and you won innumberable persons for Jesus.
How greatly we need in our day unselfish and just merchants.
Inspire them with the love of Christ for others and with the desire
for things that endure. Amen.

St. Francis of Assisi, help us. By your example may we learn that life does not consist in the pursuit of wealth nor in the abundance of our possessions. Please come to our aid. Because we live at a time when men glorify ease and seek after luxuries, and when many wish only the gratification of fleshly desires, we stand in special need of your singleminded dedication to Christ in the narrow way that leads to eternal life.

Dear St. Francis, assist us now. May we appreciate as you did the beauties of God's wonderful creation, and the glory of the world He made for us. Help us to enjoy and appreciate God's bounty without spoiling or defacing His gifts by our heedlessness and greed.

Teach us, seraphic Father Francis, to value all things as Christ did and to be imitators of Him as you were. May we thus enjoy the good things of life, but always prefer the blessings of the endless life to come. Amen.

V. God forbid that I should glory
R/. Save in the cross of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

St. Francis, the little poor man of Assisi, we invoke you as the admirable mirror you were of our Divine Master. You imitated Christ the Lord in your humility and obedience. You faithfully followed Him in poverty and weakness. With joy you accepted suffering, contempt, and trials for the sake of His Name. In your goodness, help us, then, to imitate your example. By your power with God, obtain for us the special favor we now seek through your intercession (state your special intention).

Please pray for us, gentle and happy saint of the poor, that we may always be loyal followers of Our Saviour, Jesus Christ, and filled always with divine riches. Amen.

Song of St. Francis

Since God is love,
I'll sing His song.
With God above
I will be strong.
With God within,
What else need I?
While God shall reign
Can my song die?

Let Thy Heavenly grace, we beseech Thee, O Lord, enrich Thy Church, which Thou hast vouchsafed to make illustrious by the glorious merits and example of blessed Francis, Thy Confessor. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

feast day: October 4

Read St. Francis of Assisi's biography
in the Catholic Online Saints Index.

Recommended Reading

The Way of St. Francis: The Challenge of Franciscan Spirituality for Everyone St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography Francis of Assisi : History, Hagiography and Hermeneutics in the Early Documents Francis of Assisi, Early Documents: Vol. 1, The Saint (Francis of Assisi: Early Documents)

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