St. Francis often felt compelled to pull away from the busyness of the world, to find a place and time of quiet and prayerful reflection focused on God. One favorite prayer spot for St. Francis was a place called the Portiuncula—a small, abandoned chapel on the fringes of Assisi. These chunks of communion with God in this crumbling-yet-peaceful spot helped our good St. Francis to sense God and realize what really mattered.
Pray for me:
That I may imitate your profound practice
of setting aside my worldly life from time to time,
in order to be with God more and to know him better.
Pray that I, like you, may also walk with God more closely
by basking in God’s presence in places that feel holy to me.
Ponder a secluded place where you often feel at peace. Your church? An adoration chapel? A nature hike? A quiet park? A nook in your bedroom? Your back porch? See if you can treat yourself to a slice of time there today to enrich your prayer life and connect with God.