Sunday, October 04, 2015

Francis of Assisi: that I may never turn away

Sunday, October 4, 2015
    Feast of Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
    [Jesus:] “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
    —John 10:11 (NIV)
    My Lord Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd, who have shown Your very gentle mercy to us unworthy sinners in various physical pains and sufferings, give grace and strength to me, Your little lamb, that in no tribulation or anguish or pain may I turn away from You!
    ... St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), The Little Flowers of St. Francis, Ugolino of Montegiorgio, London: J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1912, p. 35 (see the book)
    See also John 10:11-16; Ps. 23:1-4; 80:1; Isa. 40:11; Eze. 34:12; Heb. 13:20-21; 1 Pet. 2:25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your true flock follows You.
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