My lovely Grandmother Suzzane sent me a nice letter the other day, and along with it was a printed prayer from her Uncle Albert, who was apparently a priest. Chevalier is her maiden name; she’s French Canadian. I was thrilled to see the initials “O.M.F.” – immediately likening them to the typical Franciscan Order for monks and priests, until I realized the delicate mis-order of the letters. It’s “O.F.M.” that means Order of Francis Minor. So for a few days I was elated and told everyone that I had a great uncle who was a Franciscan priest! I reveled in thinking that this precious spirituality was a part of my family and in my blood. Good things never last!

Now I am wondering just what “O.M.F.” means, and if it’s an order at all, because I cannot find a Catholic order with those initials for the life of me. I’ve been googling it for a little while now and all I’ve found is Overseas Missions Fellowship, definitely not what I’m looking for. I also think that my grandmother would have mentioned something to me if she knew her uncle was Franciscan.

Here is the prayer I received:

Father Chevalier’s Daily Prayer

My God, I believe you are the God (supernatural) of the universe, I believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, I believe everything that Our Lord has taught me, simply and solely because You, who can neither deceive nor be deceived, have revealed these truths to me. “Yes, Lord, I believe but help my unbelief.”

My God, I hope with all my heart that You will one day give me heaven and I have firm confidence that everything which happens to me on earth is for my greater good in the long run if only I always do my best.

My God, I want to love You with all my heart and my neighbor as myself for love of You. Help me do so.

I thank You, O My God, for the innumerable graces You have bestowed upon me and I humbly beg pardon for all the offenses I have committed against Your Infinite Majesty.

Help me, O My God, to be prudent in all my notions; absolutely just towards You and my neighbor; courageous and persevering in the battle of life; controlled and moderate in my enjoyment of the pleasures of this earth and patient in bearing its disappointments and sufferings.

All this I offer to and ask of You, O My God, through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Beloved Son and our Divine Saviour. Amen.

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