Monday, March 6, 2017

How Did St. Francis Pray to Know the Will of God?

Retreatants for the recent Seeing With the Eyes of St. Francis Retreat opened their hearts to St. Francis' favorite devotions to know the will of God. Franciscan Sister Anne Marie Lom facilitated the weekend at the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse, Manitowoc, WI. Find here two sources that were highlighted.

St. Francis and the Stations of the Cross

The days began with the perfect Lenten prayer: the Stations of the Cross. The journal question for the night was: If I were St. Francis, watching the Passion of Jesus, I would be thinking... feeling... wondering...

Because the stations were prayed using our own Sister Victoria Masil's original, inlaid, wooden, bas-relief paintings, retreatants were helped by visually seeing St. Francis in each stop of the journey. These are found displayed in St. Mary Chapel. A special station book that walks through each traditional scene invites all to be mindful of our part in Jesus' sufferings and death.

St. Francis' Office of the Passion
Reflection on the Passion of Jesus continued with the small red book entitled The Geste of the Passion. It outlines St. Francis' Little Office, a series of hymns, psalms, antiphon or a dismissal prayer. It is called a geste, because it extols the valor and great deeds of a hero, such as King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. For Francis, the texts refer to Jesus, the Herald of the Great King.

Conferences were enhanced by participant sharing. Time was offered for one on one spiritual direction for those who desired additional assistance.

If God is calling you to pray to know God's will, we invite you to contact us here.


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The spirituality of St. Francis touched me very deeply The genuine compassion of the Sisters and different conversations I had with people renewed my hope.

Anonymous said...

Meeting these amazing women and being able to connect with them and share our stories.

Anonymous said...

Love! Just the reminder that I am not alone and there are other people out there going through the same situations and also growing in their faith. I realized that I need to get out of my head. My head is not a safe place. It makes things worse through lies.

Anonymous said...

Time for prayer in a beautiful, quiet environment surrounded with support and guidance. God gave me many 'nuggets' to continue to pray about with Him during this time here. My heart was touched with His love, presence and goodness-and continued encouragement of hope and trust.

Anonymous said...

Conversations, spiritual direction and different prayer times were helpful.

Anonymous said...

I found the journaling and reflection questions the most helpful.

Anonymous said...

I really liked learning about something and then having time to pray about it. I also liked the time we had with formation. It was nice to hear their stories and comments and also see their joy and smiles.

Anonymous said...

I appreciated the 'buffet' of prayer options and resources that Sister Anne Marie provided for us. I also loved the mixture of shared group insights and quiet prayer time. Sister Anne Marie and everyone was very welcoming to questions-which I was very thankful for!