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St Francis of Assisi

Feast Day - October 4

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 (ESV)

Be not afraid that thou art tempted, for the more thou art assailed by temptations, the greater friend and servant of God do I hold thee, and the greater love do I bear thee. Verily, I say to thee, let no man deem himself the perfect friend of God until he have passed through many temptations and tribulations... I am ready to endure patiently all things that my Lord would do with me.

Ugolino of Montegiorgio, The Little Flowers of St. Francis


Quiet time reflection:
Lord, I do not greet trials with joy. May You straighten my heart out so that this Scripture becomes true in me as well.


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Signore, fa di me uno strumento della Tua Pace:


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Make me an instrument of your peace


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Tu sei santo, Signore Iddio, solo che operi meraviglie.


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