Father God, what a gift You gave us in the person of St. Francis of Assisi! He renewed, in the hearts of many who lived in the past and even for people today, the freshness, the beauty and goodness of the Gospel. He did this not with wise and profound words, great and subtle thoughts or a voice melodious, pleasant to the ear. He did this with a life totally dedicated to You and to the fulfillment of Your will. He did this by walking faithfully (nearly perfectly!) in the footsteps of Your Son, Jesus Christ. He did this by embracing Your love with His whole being and by sharing that same love with the world. Give me strength, Your own goodness, that I might prove as faithful in following Jesus, my Lord, and in pleasing You in all I do and say, think and feel. Amen.
(from "Michael Sanchez", a Facebook page)