Thursday 25th June – Icon of the Day
Enlighten the darkness of my heart
And give me
And perfect charity
Sense and knowledge,
That I may carry out
Your holy and true command’
- Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Commentary by Thadee Matura OFM:
‘A personal prayer, conceived by Francis at a difficult and lengthy stage of his conversion, remains relevant today for everyone who begins a journey to seek and find God and themselves. The darknesses of the heart gradually yield as one is exposed to the radiance of divine glory; with light also comes the necessary energies to see clearly and commit oneself. The royal road of love becomes more precise. For those who take it, there opens up a great and beautiful adventure’
Image: 18th century Canal de Castilla, a canal system that originally contained 50 locks. This portion, once used to transport crops, is located in Fromista, Spain.
Photo: Barney Schulte, structural engineer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, May 2014, during his 490-mile pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago.
In St Mary’s prayer cycle for June 2020, today we pray for those suffering from anxiety and depression.
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