PRAYERS TO GOD THE FATHER (1)
We praise and thank You for this millenium
which is drawing to a close.
We especially thank You for the gift that
Francis and Clare have been for our world.
We pray for forgiveness and healing
for the wrongs of this past era.
We welcome with faith and hope this coming
millenium and ask your blessing upon it.
May we, as Franciscans, work with You
and with each other to bring about
Your reign of love,
as we strive to be Gospel people
in the spirit of Francis and Clare.
In the name of the Father, and the Son,
and the Holy Spirit, Amen.
Taken from FRANCISCAN DOCUMENTATION, Vo. 8, No. 32, 1999 No. 4. Note: With a slight change and modification, this prayer can be said anytime.
Jesus has told us that to do Your will is to believe in Him, whom You have sent. And believing in Him means to keep the Commandments, to listen to His teaching, to accept Him into our lives.
We pray for the understanding to accept Christ into our lives. We want to be open to His presence, so that His light floods all the chambers of our hearts, driving out the darkness, warming us where we have been cold, touching us where we have been slow to respond. Father teach us to do Your will; to know Your Son, to live in Him and with Him, to accept all that He is meant to be for us. Amen.
[Father Killian Speckner, OFMConv., THE PRAYERS OF FATHER KILLIAN]
A FRANCISCAN PRAYER
O Lord, our God, creator of heaven and earth, we thank You and praise You for Your love, for Your wisdom, for You kindness and mercy. Make us instruments of love, peace, unity and harmony between people independently of race, colour and creed. Grant us to respect all of Your creation and to look at one another and all your creatures as brothers and sisters. Help us to serve one another in humility, simplicity and joy. Take away from the hearts of people the spirit of hatred, violence and rivalry. Amen.
Taken from FRANCISCAN DOCUMENTATION, Vo. 5, No. 20, 1996 No. 4.
Jakarta, August 30, 2010
Compiled by A Christian Pilgrim