A Prayer of St. Francis

Here’s a prayer from St. Francis of Assisi. I hope one day to truly pray this from my heart:

Almighty, eternal, just, and merciful God,
grant us in our misery [the grace]
    to do for You alone
        what we know You want us to do,
        and always
    to desire what pleases You.

Thus,
    inwardly cleansed,
    interiorly enlightened,
    and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit,
may we be able to follow
    in the footprints of Your beloved Son,
    our Lord Jesus Christ.

And,
by Your grace alone,
may we make our way to You,
    Most High,
    Who live and rule
        in perfect Trinity and simple Unity,
    and are glorified
        God all-powerful
    forever and ever.
Amen.

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