The Name of Jesus is at
the heart of Christian prayer.
The early biographers tell how Francis always had the Name of JESUS
on his lips and in his heart.
great and tender was his devotion to the Holy Name that he would
reverently gather the scraps of paper he found lying on the ground, saying
that the letters on them could be used to form the Name of God and the
Name of His Son.
St. Clare was among them.
Sisters who kept watch at her deathbed recalled how the Seraphic Mother
had the Name of JESUS on her lips continually, invoking the King of Glory
in that final hour with humble trust in His power to save.
The invocation of the Holy Name
St. Francis knew it. St. Clare knew it. May it be one of the lessons we learn as this New Year opens out before us.