Santa Francesca Romana
- Frances of Rome, Obl.S.B., (Italian: Santa Francesca Romana) (1384 – March 9, 1440) is an Italian saint who was a wife, mother, mystic, organizer of charitable services and a Benedictine oblate who founded a religious community of oblates, who share a common life without religious vows.
- Frances nursed Lorenzo until he died. His last words to her were, "I feel as if my whole life has been one beautiful dream of purest happiness. God has given me so much in your love."
Prayer to St. Frances
Bright jewel of the Order of Saint Benedict,
illustrious Saint Frances of Rome,
you who were led by divine Providence through various stations in life,
that you might be a pattern of every virtue,
and to widows,
pray for us to our divine Savior
that we may be detached from the vanities of the world
and may be able, under the guiding hand of our Guardian Angel,
to grow daily in the love of God,
of His Church,
and of our neighbor,
and finally to be made partners with you in your heavenly joy.
Memorare to St. Frances
Remember O gracious St. Frances,
Never was it known that a poor person or a needy heart,
approached you and went away unaided.
You did not judge the rich in your pity for the poor,
but encouraged them, for the sake of their souls and for the love of God,
to show mercy to those in need.
Whatever they did for the least, they did for Jesus,
and in the least, Jesus made Himself known to you and to them.
The poor loved you, the rich loved you, and Jesus loved you,
for you were His face, His hands, and His feet to all you met.
To you do we come, before you we stand, selfish, sinful, and sorrowful.
Do not look upon our failures, but upon that tiny part of our hearts
that desires to be the person God created us to be.
Obtain for us from the merciful heart of God
the grace to know Him, love Him, and serve Him as He desires us to.
We bring to you our prayers and needs
for ourselves and for those in our hearts.
We ask your special intercession
for those who are poor in body,
for those who are poor in soul,
and for those who are ignorant of God's merciful heart.
May God hear and answer our prayers for others
through your intercession, and, according to His will,
may our hearts and lives become truly merciful.
Santa Francesca Romana, prega Gesù per me.