Dear God, when Saint Francis turned his life over to You, he gave away his possessions, including the clothes on his back. He discovered that this freed him to experience Your love more fully, so he said, "Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin." I ask him to intercede for me as I take action to help others through my money, time, and talents. O Lord, accept these donations as penance for my purification. As my family and friends see what I'm doing, give them a heart that understands. If they criticize me, give me the courage to continue growing in generosity. Saint Francis, pray for us, Amen.