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Choose to Love

If we choose to love, we immediately take on the responsibility of being for others, in service and in times of opposition, in trials and persecution, also in peace and joy.

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God Builds a Rhythm

The practice of solitude uncovers and heightens that uniqueness, and fraternal life deepens in the respect and support the brothers give to each one’s unique aloneness.

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Notes from a Friar: St. Francis’ Prayer before the Crucifix

“Most High glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart.
Give me right faith, sure hope and perfect charity.
Fill me with understanding and knowledge that I may fulfill your command.”

I have often reflected on this prayer, which—as Franciscan scholars attest—is indeed a prayer composed by St. Francis himself. And each time I pray it, I am more and more convinced that it reveals the authentic heart of St. Francis.

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