“O God, who in Saint Frances of Rome, have given us a model of holiness in married life and of monastic conversion, make us serve you perseveringly, so that in all circumstances we may set our gaze upon you and follow you…Amen”
From Mrs Poogle's blog, a reflection on Saint Frances of Rome:
"It is not always easy to combine being a Wife and Mother with deep devotion to God. One is constantly pulled hither and thither, and there are so many duties which can distract one from prayer and meditation. St. Frances counseled:
'It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife. And sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping.'
…which is a great lesson for me. God is to be found in all the minutiae of our everyday lives as well as at the altar. He is in our kitchens and our cooking, changing the baby’s nappy or cleaning the house. Of course it is important to set aside time when we can fully focus on God, but that doesn’t mean He doesn’t bless and sanctify our doings also.
St. Frances also lived a life of penance; fasting often and wearing a hairshirt as a sign of her desire to suffer with Christ. She spent much time in ministering to the poor and the sick, as well as her own family. She shows us that it is possible to combine a life of domesticity with a devotion to suffering and service. Penance is somewhat 'out of fashion' today, but we can offer simple penances, especially during Lent for the expiation of sin and as a prayer for others who suffer. "