Here is a nice prayer written by Hazel Smith from the collection of prayers Prayers from Franciscan Hearts: Contemporary Reflections from Women and Men, ed. Paula Pearce (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007). In light of yesterday’s surprise Ignatian reflection on vocation, I thought it would be nice to share another vocation reflection, this one from a contemporary Franciscan perspective drawing on the conversion in life of Francis and Clare of Assisi.

The Franciscan Calling

Patched robe of Saint Francis
Seen in Assisi
Says it all —
Hear the call.
Go out into highways
And byways of life
Draw Christ near
To those who will hear
Transform yourself,
By God’s grace,
To His will,

Hear the call.
Saint Clare in convent
Lies there still
Tended by prayerful Sisters,
Bound sweetly in Holy Eucharist.

Earthquake at Assisi,
God’s warning perhaps
To mend His Church,
Reassert the Faith.
Brothers and Sisters of Christ,
One in Christ’s Blood
To change the world
Before Heaven comes
Drawing it near.

Hazel Smith


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