Father, you helped Francis reflect the image of Christ through a life of poverty and humility. May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi and by imitation his joyful love. Amen.
Pray for all followers of St. Francis in the world today.
A reading from Thomas of Celano and St. Bonaventure
St. Francis spent the last few days before his death in praising the Lord and teaching his companions whom he loved so much to praise Christ with him. He himself, in as far as he was able, broke out with the Psalm: I cry to the Lord with my voice; to the Lord I make loud supplication. He likewise invited all creatures to praise God and, with the words he had composed earlier, he exhorted them to love God. Even death itself, considered by all to be so terrible and hateful, was exhorted to give praise, while he himself, going joyfully to meet it, invited it to make its abode with him. “Welcome,” he said, “my sister death.” (Celano, Second Life.)
As Felician Franciscan Sisters, we re-enact the Transitus of our Father St. Francis in various ways. Very often there is a procession or re-dedication of our Peace Sites.