On January 1, 2014, I will begin a new daily blog that follows the booklet that the Third Order, Society of Saint Francis uses as part of its daily obedience–Franciscans Day By Day. The booklet offers a daily bit of wisdom from Saint Francis, himself, and others who offer a Franciscan intention.

The blog can be found here at: Franciscans Day by Day beginning January 1.

Meanwhile, I will leave you with this poem by Enid Dinnis:

A Franciscan Prayer

When I am old and tutored by

The grim experience of days;

When I have proved men in their ways,

Oh, do not let the dreamer die.

When I have learned aside to toss

The foolish things that wise men hate,

Lest Littleness should hold me great,

Be mine the folly of the cross.

When comes detachment’s strength to me,

Let mine the weakness be that wept

O’er Lazarus’ grave and kept

Three comrades in Gethsemanee.

When head bids heart herself forget,

When Reason’s lure would love deceive,

May my poor foolish heart achieve

A few life-giving blunders yet.

When I have grown too sane, too sad,

To join the angels’ faerie ring

And serve the playtime of the King,

Then, Sweet Saint Francis, make me mad.