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Francis' three prayers for advice to early followers

Francis wrote these three simple prayers for his rule, or advice, given to his early followers. They build a beautiful momentum from beginning to end.

With our whole heart, soul, mind, strength and fortitude;
with our whole understanding, powers, effort, affection, and feeling;
with every desire and wish,
let us love the Lord our God
Who gives each of us our body, our soul, our life;
Who creates, redeems, and saves us by mercy alone;
W ho does all good for us, the miserable, wretched, rotten, and ungrateful.


Let us desire nothing else, want nothing else, delight in nothing else,
except our Creator, Redeemer, and Savior
Who alone is good; Who alone is holy.
Let nothing hinder, separate, or come between us.
Wherever we are, in every place, hour, and time of day,
let us continually, truly, and humbly hold in our heart and love
the Most High, Trinity and Unity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


Creator of all, Savior of all,
we believe in, hope in, and love You.
Unchangeable, invisible,
unspeakable, unfathomable,
You alone are most gentle, most lovable,
most delightful, and totally desirable
above all others!


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