St. Francis was not just a Birkenstock-clad hippie saint, who frolicked through fields and hugged trees and bunnies. Here's a very brief biography of his life that leaves out some of the fun details - like St. Francis stripping naked in the town square!
|Don't be fooled by Hippie Francis!|
Assisi is quite possibly the most beautiful and peaceful place I've ever been. Visiting Assisi is like stepping back into a time warp. It's a perfectly preserved medieval town. It's nestled in the sunflower covered hills of Umbria, next to to Tuscany. St. Clare (Francis's cohort) and St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows are also from Assisi. No one really has a reason to visit Assisi unless they are Catholic, so it keeps the disrespectful/crazy tourists to a minimum, unlike in the sacred places of Roma.
Let's take a walk down memory lane and re-visit my trip to Assisi :) Celebrating feast days of saints whose tombs/towns I've been too is so wonderful - I can picture everything so vividly and recall what is was like to kneel down and ask their intercession literally right THERE in front of their body.
|Alexa reading at Mass on St. Francis's tomb|
|Basilica of St. Francis|
|Franciscan-ized shrubs! That's the Franciscan "tau" cross|
|View of lower Assisi from the Basilica|
|Real doves hovering near a statue of St. Francis|
|Franciscan Monastery & Basilica|
|San Damiano crucifix Francis received the stigmata from|
|Possibly the best picture known to man...me making the "Fr. Ted face"|
while the man and legend himself makes the face!
|Franciscan sisters at San Damiano|
|Our quaint hotel in Assisi :)|
|Good morning Assisi!|
|Castle at the very tip top of Assisi! We hiked up here to pray.|
|Love love love! With the Father D's|
|Assisi & St. Clare's Basilica|
|Praying the rosary on top of the Castle hill|
|Best friends in Assisi then...|
|...and now as a Franciscan sister!!! Sister Mary Grace, OSF|
|Mass on the tomb of St. Clare of Assisi|
|St. Mary of the Angels church houses the Portiuncola where |
Jesus appeared and told St. Francis to rebuild the
Church! The most sacred place for Franciscans!
The cell where St. Francis died was in this church also