We celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours as Francis enjoined us to do, as a means of praying with and for the Church which thus brings all its members into the presence of God and makes the whole day holy.
In the Franciscan tradition, prayer is the primary expression of conversion of heart. It is through prayer that life becomes God-centred and filled with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Prayer changes us, enables us to accept God's will and leads us to that experience of God which makes our deeds of charity signs of God's Kingdom in our world.
The Franciscan life of prayer embraces liturgy, scripture, work and encounters with others. It presupposes a contemplative attitude that enables us to view everything in creation with the eyes of faith, to acknowledge God's love at work in the world and to return to Him constant praise and thanksgiving.