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stigmata of st francis

Lord Jesus Christ, Who, when the world was growing cold, didst renew the sacred marks of Thy passion in the flesh of the most blessed Francis, to inflame our hearts with the fire of Thy love, graciously grant that by his merits and prayers we may continually bear the cross and bring forth fruits worthy of penance. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God. Forever and ever. Amen.

Today the Church commemorates St Francis of Assisi receiving the Stigmata, the marks of the Cross in his own body, a deeply mystical part of Francis’ utter identification with Christ.

I’m planning to spend some of today reflecting on and following up last week’s excellent Strengthening Estate Ministry Conference with its strong reminder that mission and ministry in these multiply deprived areas of Britain must be strongly located in Paul’s theology of the Cross, and then visiting some folk in hospital.

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