What prayers might a follower of Saint Francis say on Memorial Day remembering loved ones who have sacrificed their lives for our country and others who do their duty to keep us safe from harm today? One could, but may not, choose the anonymous text called the Peace Prayer or Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace or the Prayer of Saint Francis often associated with our founder, but not among his writings. Given Saint Francis’ own rule was an inspiration of many thoughtful texts from the Old and New Testaments, how about imitating him and contemplate the Word of God? After all, Jesus prayed with Scripture as well.
Saint Francis choose to see the good of others over his own desires. He was willing to serve the common good, even when it hurt. With that in mind on this Memorial Day, here are three possible verses to ponder with our hearts. May we, too, respond to the call to sacrifice in our own lives. Saint Francis, pray for us!
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. Jn 14: 27
Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Your every act should be done with love. 1 Cor. 16:13
Though an army encamp against me, my heart does not fear; though war be waged against me, even then do I trust.
One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the Lord’s house all the days of my life. To gaze on the Lord’s beauty. Ps. 27:3-4