From the “Letter to the Faithful” of Saint Francis of Assisi
"O how glorious and holy and great to have a Father in heaven! O how holy, consoling, beautiful and wonderful to have such a Spouse! O how holy and how loving, gratifying, humbling, peace-giving, sweet, worthy of love, and above all things desirable it is to have such a Brothers and such a Son: our Lord Jesus Christ, Who laid down His life for His sheep and prayed to His Father, saying:
Holy Father, save in your name those whom you have given me. Father, all those whom you have given me in the world were yours and you have given them to me. The words that you gave me, I have Given to them; they have accepted them and known in truth that I havecome from you and they have believed that you have sent me. I pray for them and not for the world; bless and sanctify them. I sanctify myself for them that they may be sanctified in being one as we are one.And I wish, father, that where I am, they may be with me that they may see my glory in your kingdom.
Let every creature in heaven, on earth, in the sea and in the depths, give praise, glory, honor and blessing To Him Who suffered so much, Who has given and will give in the future every good, for He is our power and strength, Who alone is good, Who alone is almighty, Who alone is omnipotent, wonderful, glorious and Who alone is holy, worthy of prise and blessing through endless ages.
Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, and the honor. and all blessing. To You alone, Most High, do they belong, and no human is worthy to mention Your name. Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures,expecialy Sir Brother Sun, Who is the day and through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor; and bears a likeness of You, Most High One. Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars in heaven You formed them clear and precious and beautiful. Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather, through whom You give sustenance to Your creatures. Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste. Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,through whom You light the night,and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong. Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs. Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love, and bear infirmity and tribulation.Blessed are those who endure in peace for by You, Most High, shall they be crowned. Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whom no one living can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin.Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will, for the second death shall do them no harm. Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks and serve Him with great humility.
Prepared by the Pontifical Theological Faculty “Saint Bonaventure” (Seraphicum)