“By Your Holy Cross”
“One of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out.”
For Saint Francis, meditating on the Passion was a means of uniting himself completely to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross, a way of living so thoroughly into the mystery of Christ that he was able to lead others into this mystery. He wrote in his Testament: “And God inspired me with such faith in his churches that I used to pray with all simplicity, saying, ‘We adore you, Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all your churches in the whole world, and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.’” As we journey with Francis, he brings us always to the cross and to Christ.
Pray with Saint Francis
Happy those [Death] finds doing your will! The second death can do no harm to them. Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks. Amen.