Saint Francis told us that everything should come second to the spirit of prayer and devotion and, in fact that everything should be imbued by it.
Each of us needs to be helped to recognise our relationship to God as a loving Father and of his Son as our brother, who takes us to his Father with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is a growth in loving intimacy and familiarity appropriate to a creature to his creator.
As friars this necessarily flavours our approach to each other and to all other people whom we meet. We are their brothers too and so we can honestly and realistically work with and for them.
In prayer too Saint Francis wanted us to share the public prayer of the Church, even when there is only one other there to do so. “I will always have a brother to say the Office with me” he said.
For him all prayer was a personal meeting with God through his Son whether it was done in privacy or in public. We are invited to take seriously the statement of Jesus, our brother: Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”