Franciscan brothers and sisters, I greet you all in the name of God our Father and Jesus Christ our saviour and redeemer. Once again we embark on our Lenten journey to experience and appreciate fully, what we celebrate – our spirituality. The life St Francis and St Clare of Assisi lived serves as excellent guide for our Lenten journey in a world gone crazy in every aspect. The abandonment of their comfortable lifestyles to embrace lives of humility, simplicity and penance should continuously occupy our minds and give us increased desire to seek God’s Kingdom and its righteousness. In his letter to the entire order, St Francis wrote this prayer for our Lenten journey:

“Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, give us miserable ones the grace to do for You alone what we know You want us to do and always to desire what pleases You. Inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footprints of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and, by Your grace alone, may we make our way to You, Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified God almighty, forever and ever. Amen.” [Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Francis and St. Clare by April Holdun (Edgewood, March 14, 2015)]

May we all, as we pray this prayer, that this Lenten journey from Ash Wednesday to Triduum may give us a conversion experiences in our lives that deepen the life of humility, simplicity and penance to inspire those around us that hunger and thirst for deeper spiritual relationship with God through Jesus Christ. As we journey together in the practice of meditation of the Passion of the Lord, his suffering and his death, we weary spiritual travelers may arrive at the joys of Easter with penitential experience.

Pace e Bene; Vrede en Welwillendheid; Ukuthula Noxolo

Rev. Fr. Dr. Michael Twum-Darko