Adore You, O Lord Jesus Christ!
one who is faithful in little things will be faithful also in large
our Lord said in the Gospel.
To Francis of Assisi, the Holy Spirit entrusted a prayer,
brief in words but powerful in meaning:
My God and my All.
because Francis was faithful in making this prayer the center of his
the Holy Spirit was able to entrust to him a larger prayer,
one of universal dimensions.
That the prayer We Adore You (in Latin, Adoramus
Te) was the fruit of divine inspiration St. Francis makes quite
clear in his Testament:
And God inspired me with such faith in
that I used to pray with all simplicity, saying:
WE ADORE YOU, O LORD JESUS CHRIST,
HERE AND IN ALL THE CHURCHES IN THE WHOLE WORLD,
AND WE BLESS YOU,
BECAUSE BY YOUR HOLY CROSS
YOU HAVE REDEEMED THE WORLD!
What a tremendous prayer this is!
A prayer that has come down to us directly from our Seraphic
Father, whom God placed at the head of sinful yet grateful humanity
bowed down in wonder and in worship before His Son truly present in the
Blessed Sacrament. What
a call to faith… to praise… to adoration!
Let us keep company with St. Francis in offering to God an
unceasing hymn of praise, glory, love, thanksgiving, blessing and
adoration. Let us give the
Most High that which is His by right; let us acknowledge our
indebtedness to His crucified and risen Son, with us always in the most
holy Sacrament of the Altar. Let
us often greet our hidden Lord with this burning prayer – as did
Francis and his first followers – when we receive Him in Holy
Communion, when we visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament, when we pass by
churches where He dwells. Then
we shall become, as our Father St. Francis was, true “heralds of the
Great King,” real apostles of the Eucharist.