All who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, with all their strength, (cf. Mk 12:30) and love their neighbors as themselves (cf. Mt 22:39) and hate their bodies with their vices and sins, and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and produce worthy fruits of penance.
But all those men and women who are not doing penance and do not receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and live in vices and sin and yield to evil concupiscence and to the wicked desires of the flesh, and do not observe what they have promised to the Lord, and are slaves to the world, in their bodies, by carnal desires and the anxieties and cares of this life (cf. Jn 8:41):
Eternal Father, on this day you granted the reward of eternal salvation to our patron and father Francis. Mercifully grant that we who celebrate with tender devotion the memory of his death may have the joy of sharing in his blessing from you.
O God, by whose gift Saint Francis was conformed to Christ in poverty and humility, grant that, by walking in Francis’ footsteps, we may follow your Son, and, through joyful charity, come to be united with you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
: “Let us desire nothing else, let nothing else please us and cause us delight except our Creator and Redeemer, the one, true God, who is the fullness of good, the true and supreme Good who alone is merciful and gentle, delectable and sweet, who alone is holy, just, and true, who alone is kind, innocent, and pure, from whom and through whom is all pardon, all grace, and all glory of the penitent and the just, and of the blessed who rejoice together in heaven. Therefore, let nothing hinder us, nothing separate us, and nothing come between us. Let all of us, wherever we are, in every place, at every hour, at every time of the day, believe truly and humbly and keep ever in our hearts all love, honor, praise, blessing, glory, and exaltation for the Creator and Savior of all who believe in him and who is without beginning and without end, unchangeable, blessed, and totally desirable above all else forever.”