I’m excited to share my experience when I return! I’ve made some awesome friends here on the Franciscan pilgrimage and I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to start off the New Year with.

One of the events that we took part in here in Assisi was a re-enactment of a leper funeral at San Rufino d’Arce. When I think of all the things I have learned and heard on the pilgrimage, the question that keeps coming to mind is, who are the lepers in my life? In the time of St. Francis, if you were found with leprosy, you would be cast out to the swampy and unprotected areas below Assisi. They were dressed in certain garments and carried a clapper to warn people of their presence so the others could get away. When I think about this, I think about today’s issues with race, immigration, refugees, and many others. These people could be considered lepers of today. For me individually I need to reflect on who I exclude in my life.

photo of three buildings, San Rufino Valley

two students in front of Basilica

rocks lined up to spell "heart PAX"


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