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 cave where Francis slept as well as the area where later Franciscans resided, like Bonaventure.

On our arrival to Assisi, Fr. John and Sr. Kathy led us in a wonderful Eucharistic ceremony.

Pace e bene