Novena to Saint Francis

Fifth Prayer - Fire

“We praise you, Lord, for Brother Fire,

through whom you light the night.

He is beautiful, playful, robust, and strong.” (St Francis of Assisi)


“The gift we have received is a fire,

a burning love for God

and for our brothers and sisters.” (Pope Francis, homily, 6 October 2019)


Creator God,

your flames blaze yet leave us whole.

But our fires destroy at reckless speed;

great forests fall beneath our feet. 

Forgive us for our part in this.


St Francis, you loved wild places,

the trees and all their birds within.

May we protect each blade of grass,

be mindful of each breath of air.


 St Francis, pray for us.

The video and reflection were produced by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development.

Your Associate Relationship Team,

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