Ave Maria Meditations
O Seraphic Father, Saint Francis, I venerate you, the living image of Christ Crucified.
Born like Him in a stable, you condemned a world which rejected you; poor like Him you esteemed no possessions but those which are eternal; meek and humble like Him, you counted humiliation a joy; inflamed with an ardent charity, you burned to increase His glory; your love transformed your whole life into one long martyrdom, and made you strive by severe penances to satisfy the ardor of your desires, until at last it impressed on your body the wounds it had long before engraved in your heart, and made you a living crucifix, preaching sweetly to men the sufferings and love of Jesus.
Obtain for me, O Holy Father, that I too may banish from my heart the spirit of the world; that I may esteem poverty and humiliation above wealth and honors; that I may mortify my passions and advance daily in the knowledge and love of God, until at last, detached from myself, from the world, and from all creatures, I may live for god alone, and like you, may say with my whole heart: My God and My All, My Inheritance, and My Joy in time and in eternity. Amen.
Our Most Holy and Seraphic Father Francis: Pray for us your children who long to see you face to face. Amen