We visited the Porziuncola, the tiny chapel which was rebuilt by Francis and surrounded by huts in which the Friars lived. Today it is within St. Mary’s Cathedral. It, of course, brings to mind our Port on campus. The re-creation is so true to the original. We shared mass in the Porziuncola. It was amazing … Continued
Santa Maria Maggiore
I witnessed a reenactment of Francis being brought before the mayor and the bishop for his stealing from his father. My fellow pilgrims played the roles of Francis, his father, mother, the mayor and bishop. It is here that Francis stripped naked and renounced his father and committed to a life of poverty.
Francis restored this church, begging for stones to complete his task. He brought Clare to live here with her community of about 50 sisters. The conditions were sparse – no heat and little food. The Canticle of the Sun was composed here by Francis. I’m learning more about the psychological vulnerability of Francis which may … Continued
A visit to Greccio
The pictures above open up the beauty of Greccio. Francis often sought solitude and quiet in the caves of the Rieti region. In Greccio, he began the practice of honoring Christ’s birth with the crèche scene; hence the reference to Greccio as the “New Bethlehem”. The third image depicts this as preserved. We toured the … Continued
Our group went to a papal audience this morning. The pilgrims and about 30,000 friends went to hear Pope Francis’ Wednesday address. This photo was taken by a colleague as the Pope was driving around the square. The picture only captures a sense of the warmth and holiness he presents. He spoke in Italian, … Continued