St. Francis Meditation One: The Cross of San Damiano

Asked to fill in for the rector at the Sunday morning Rector’s Forum at Saint David’s in Roswell, Georgia, I am teaching for several weeks about the life of Saint Francis.  As part of the class, I have prepared a daily meditation for the participants.  So for the next several weeks, expect a daily meditation on my blog.  Hope you enjoy it and as always, I love to hear your thoughts…

Meditation One:

It is said that St. Francis prayed this prayer before the cross (pictured above) as it hung in the chapel at San Damiano.:

Most High, Most Glorious God,
Enlighten the darkness of my heart. Grant me a right and true faith, a certain hope, and a perfect charity, feeling, and understanding of you so that I may be able to accomplish your holy and just commands. Amen.

It became the defining prayer of the Franciscan movement.  Try slowly praying this prayer and considering what each word means. Do you want to know God this intimately? Are you willing to give up your present understanding of God if there is one that is more “right and true?”  If so, try telling God in your own words.

April describes herself as a Red Letter Christian who writes about scripture and spiritual disciplines. See her latest book, James in the Suburbs: The Disorderly Parable of the Epistle of James. Great for an individual read or group Bible studies! You can follow her blog by clicking on the three dots in upper right hand of this page and scrolling down.


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