Friday, April 25, 2008

The cell of Saint Francis

After first taking spiritual refuge in the cave at Cortona in 1211, Saint Francis later returned here, wounded bodily by the gift of the stigmata received on the mountain of La Verna. So marked in configuration to the holy passion of His Lord he celebrated the Paschal mystery after spending the penitential period of Lent on an island in a nearby lake. From here, ailing and growing weaker, he returned to Assisi for his final appointment with His Divine Master and his entrance into eternal life in 1226.

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