Several manuscript versions of the PRAYER BEFORE THE SAN DAMIANO CRUCIFIX exist, each testifying to the young St. Francisí struggle to let the good seed of the Gospel take root and bear fruit in his life.
This is a prayer of the springtime of his conversion
to Christ, on which Godís answering grace continued to unfold and expand
throughout his lifetime. While
this is assuredly a prayer for any and every season, it is a particularly
good prayer for Lent, the springtime of the liturgical year, when we, like
our Father St. Francis, place ourselves before the mirror of Christ
Crucified, seeking to set straight in our lives both our Christian
priorities and our Franciscan practicalities.
Although we may never audibly hear the Lord Jesus telling us to repair His Church, as He told St. Francis, we can be certain that He will supply those spiritual building blocks of faith, hope and charity needed to repair the Church of God within our souls (and without, as well!) in the spirit which animated the Seraphic Father Francis, - happily, humbly and holily.