The Catechetical Saints
Part 17

                                    

                        Scholars list among the “lost” letters of St. Francis one written in his own hand to the brothers in France, with the express purpose of exhorting them to praise the Triune God by saying:

Let us bless the Father and the Son with the Holy Spirit!

 

                                              

                      Devotion to the Most Holy Trinity occupied a central place in St. Francis’ spiritual life precisely because  

it is the central mystery of Christian faith and life…
the source of all other mysteries,
the light that enlightens them.

                                                          (CATECHISM #234)

                         St. Francis made his entire life a praise of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  He knew how to cry out, in sorrow as well as in joy:

 O blessed Light,
O Trinity and first Unity!

                                                    (#257)

                           Francis leaned on that Light, letting it guide and direct him, aid and protecting, knowing that

 the ultimate end of the whole divine economy
is entry of God’s creatures into the perfect unity of the Blessed Trinity.

                                                                                              (#260)

                         The Sisters who attended St. Clare during her final illness marveled at how eloquently she spoke of the mystery of the Holy Trinity.  An enclosed lifetime of prayer had taught her that

 we are called to share in the life of the Blessed Trinity,
here on earth in the obscurity of faith,
and after death in eternal light.

                                                               (#265)

                         So she did not hesitate to invite her spiritual daughters, as St. Francis had invited his spiritual sons, to look to the very root of the Church’s living faith (#249), and to make every thought, word and deed an act of praise, an unceasing

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!

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