Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
The Collect for the Mass gives us what we are to pray for on this feast:
"O God, by whose gift Saint Francis was conformed to Christ in poverty and humility, grant that, by walking in Francis' footsteps, we may follow your Son, and, through joyful charity, come to be united with you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.
It is a lovely custom in many churches to have the blessing of the animals on this feast. Francis loved all creatures and he was loved by them.
I have postponed the continuation of the Life of Philippine until next week, in case you are wondering why I have left her still at Florissant. It took time for her to establish the Society of the Sacred Heart in America and it will take time for me to tell her story.