On this day of communing, I have been pondering the Communion of Saints – the legacy that binds us all together. As we think of what we are thankful for this year, I am grateful for those who are part of the web of life past and present. In honor of this thankfulness, I wanted to share the old prayer we will be reading at our table today – albeit slightly altered.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Prayer To Saint Francis of Assisi
O Blessed St. Francis, lover of Lady Poverty, teach us to love her, too. In these our days when so many of our brothers and sisters suffer so much from the lack of the basic necessities of life [especially we pray for those in Syria and the Philippines], help us who are better off to learn how to share what we have even to the point of depriving ourselves. Raise up world leaders who will know how to reshape the economy so that no one will want at the abundant table of the Lord, each content with wonderful portion the Lord has allotted [filled with gratitude for how each item on our table arrived here – the farmers, the laborers, the animals, the hands], just as you found great joy in the common heritage of the human family. O holy Poor Man of Assisi, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.