Prayer from 'A Letter to the Entire Order'

by Francis of Assisi

English version by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP & Ignatius C. Brady, OFM
Original Language Italian

Almighty, eternal, just, and merciful God,
grant us in our misery
     to do for You alone
          what we know You want us to do,
          and always
     to desire what pleases You.
Thus,
     inwardly cleansed,
     interiorly enlightened,
     and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit,
may we be able to follow
     in the footprints of Your beloved Son,
     our Lord Jesus Christ.
And,
by Your grace alone,
may we make our way to You
     Most High,
     Who live and rule
          in perfect Trinity and simple Unity,
     and are glorified
          God all-powerful
     forever and ever.
Amen

-- from Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality, Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM

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