Neither Francis nor Clare, the founders of the Franciscan movement, wrote books on ‘how to pray’. But there is a distinctively Franciscan way of praying. It centres strongly on Christ, and on the world. Where some ways of praying ask the one praying to close their eyes to concentrate on the things of God, Francis and Clare opened their eyes wide to gaze on God and on his world. They prayed, as they lived, passionately, holding back nothing of themselves.