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St. Berard (13th century)
Berard joined the Franciscans in 1213. Proficient in Arabic and an eloquent preacher, he was sent by St. Francis, along with four companions, to preach in Morocco. They were the first Franciscans to be imprisoned and martyred.

Reflections from the Saints

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.
– St. Francis of Assisi
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2098

The acts of faith, hope, and charity enjoined by the first commandment are accomplished in prayer. Lifting up the mind toward God is an expression of our adoration of God: prayer of praise and thanksgiving, intercession and petition. Prayer is an indispensable condition for being able to obey God's commandments. "[We] ought always to pray and not lose heart."