Monday, January 10, 2011
St. Francis considered it harmful for himself and for the brothers to lose the benefit of prayer, which had been obtained through grace, by indulging in useless conversation after praying. In order to avoid this, he made the following regulation which all the brothers were to observe:
If a brother, either while travelling or working with others engages in some useless talk, he will be obliged to recite the Our Father together with the Praises of God at the beginning and end of prayer...
He shall recite these Praises of the Lord loud enough and clear enough for all brothers present to hear and understand; during that time they must be quiet and listen.
Saint Francis of Assisi
Legend of Perugia - 78
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