Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Poetry Wednesday--St. Francis of Assisi

Poetry Chaikanna featured this translation yesterday, of a poem based on the Our Father by St. Francis of Assisi.  The Gospel from yesterday was Jesus teaching the Our Father to the disciples.

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O our most holy Father
Our Creator, Redeemer, Consoler and Savior,

Who are in Heaven,
In the angels and in the saints,
Enlightening them to Love because You, Lord, are Light,
Inflaming them to Love because You, Lord, are Love,
Dwelling in them and filling them with happiness,
    because You, Lord, are the Supreme Good,
         the Eternal Good,
    from Whom comes all good,
    without Whom there is no good.

Hallowed be Your Name:
May our knowledge of You become ever clearer,
That we may know the breadth of Your blessings,
    the length of your promises,
    the height of your majesty,
    the depths of your judgments,

Your Kingdom Come:
So that You may rule in us through Your Grace,
and enable us to come to Your kingdom,
where there is an unclouded vision of You,
an eternal enjoyment of You.

Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven:
That we may love you with our whole heart by always thinking of You,
     with our whole soul by always desiring You,
     with our whole mind by directing all our
          intentions to You and seeking Your
          glory in everything
And with our whole strength by spending all our
     energies and affections
     of soul and body
     in the service of Your Love
     and of nothing else
and may we love our neighbors as ourselves
     by drawing them all with our whole strength to Your Love,
     by rejoicing in the good fortunes of others as well as our own,
     and by sympathizing with the misfortunes of others
     and by giving offence to no one.

Give us this day:
in memory and understanding and reverence
    of the Love which our Lord Jesus Christ had for us,
    and of those things which He said and did and suffered for us

Our daily bread:
Your own beloved Son our Lord Jesus Christ

And forgive us our trespasses:
Through Your ineffable Mercy,
through the power of the passion of Your Beloved Son,
     together with the merits and intercession of the Blessed Virgin
          Mary and all Your chosen ones.

As we forgive those who trespass against us:
And whatever we do not forgive perfectly,
do You, Lord, enable us to forgive to the full
so that we may truly love your enemies
and fervently intercede for them before You
returning no one evil for evil
and striving to help everyone in You.

And lead us not into temptation:
hidden or obvious,
sudden or persistent,

But deliver us from evil:
Past, present or to come.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.  Amen.

2 comments:

Barbara Schoeneberger said...

Love the part on forgiveness.

Dymphna said...

Me too!

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