Prayer Life

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Our community waits for morning Mass to begin.

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Our life of prayer is at the heart of who we are as followers of Jesus Christ, and it is essential for us as Franciscans of the Eucharist. We desire a life of ongoing conversion to Jesus Christ, following the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi. The vows of poverty, chastity and obedience which we profess free us to serve God and the Church, especially among the very poor and marginalized.

Key to our life of prayer and our service to the Church is the Eucharist. In order to teach the men and women of our day and age about the Lord, we must first by our witness, and then by our words, encourage a proper understanding of the Church’s teachings on the Eucharist.

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Fr. Bob preaches at a prayer service before one of our community dinners.

We strive to live this witness by participating in daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. As our community develops, we will build up to perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at our centers. We believe that in order to see Jesus in the poor, we must first be able to see Him in the Eucharist. It is from our relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist that we draw strength to do the Lord’s will each day.

Daily Mass, Liturgy of the Hours in common, and Eucharistic adoration are at the heart of our life of prayer, and nourish the life of our community and our own personal relationships with the Lord. These Liturgical (Mass and Liturgy of the Hours) and Devotional (Eucharistic Adoration) forms of prayer have been encouraged by the Church for all of her members. They are especially entrusted and expected of priests and religious as the sure means of growing in love with the Lord and fostering our ability to serve our brothers and sisters, always depending on the Lord as the source of our strength.

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We take time each day for personal prayer.

Private prayer is essential to our consecrated life. As we strive to live for God alone, there is no way we can persevere without His grace and mercy. We grow in relationship with the Lord through meditation and spiritual reading, especially reading the Sacred Scriptures. It is in the word of God that we, like St. Francis of Assisi and all the saints of the Church, are daily inspired to continue this pilgrimage of faith, with the goal of Eternal Life in the Kingdom of God as our final destination. Days of reflection and retreats assist us as we strive to grow in relationship with the Lord and in service to one another. These times of renewal refresh us for the tasks that lie ahead.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is indispensable for growing in a life of virtue. It is through this source of forgiveness and mercy that we receive the grace we need to be healed of our sinful inclinations and the courage to take the next best steps along the path of holiness.

Our own personal commitment to a life of prayer and virtue is the best way we can preach.  We owe it to our own brothers and sisters in community to strive for a life of ongoing conversion and renewal as St. Francis taught us so well by the witness of his life. We look to the intercession and witness of all the saints, especially the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Franciscan saints, as a source of constant encouragement. As a community and in our private prayer we strive to develop a proper devotion to Mary and the saints, so as to be beneficiaries of the intercessory prayer and example of these holy men and women.

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St. Francis depicted with the Virgin Mary, the Christ Child and the Angels.

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“The Father willed that his blessed and glorious Son, whom He gave to us and who was born for us, should through His own blood offer Himself as a sacrificial victim on the altar of the cross. This was to be done not for Himself through whom all things were made, but for our sins. It was intended to leave us an example of how to follow in His footsteps. And He desires all of us to be saved through Him, and to receive Him with pure heart and chaste body. Let us also love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us have charity and humility. Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin. Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi