St. Francis & St. Clare lived in the late 12th and early 13th centuries in Assisi — in the Umbria region of Italy. St. Francis founded the Franciscan Order and together they founded the order of Poor Clares. The humility and poverty of the Incarnation of Jesus is the pattern and model for Franciscan life. St. Francis unites all those who are concerned for the protection of animals and environmental issues. Pope John Paul II, on Nov. 29, 1979, proclaimed him ‘Patron of Ecologists’!
Franciscan prayer incorporates distinctive elements and themes. This form of prayer is a free-flowing, spontaneous, informal praising and loving dialogue with God. It uses the five senses to appreciate all that we see, hear, smell and taste in our lives at work, study and rest. Acts of loving service to others are also a form of prayer that is in line with Franciscan spirituality. It is forgiving of the past and hopeful about the future.
It is best done outdoors where you can be in touch with nature and can move freely from one place to another. An ideal place would be a retreat centre where there are plenty of trees, plants, birds, and perhaps a deer or two, or other small animals within the gardens.
St. Francis bio from Franciscans of Eastern Canada
St. Anthony Messenger article on Franciscan Prayer
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