Who do you say that I am?

Best laid plans …

My original intent was to post a photo everyday while in Assisi and Rome.  However that was not meant to be.  Perhaps it was for the best, though … since Father ‘does’ know best.  Not being able to ‘send’ from my MacBook enabled me to “let go” of the burden to blog daily and just take in the whole adventure and capture more in the camera.

Despite about 10 hours now of patient and expert help from the Apple team I am still not able to ‘send’ from my MacBook, but am remaining patient.  More help is on the way:)

I have been posting ‘Animoto’ shows on my Facebook page.  This is my first post here on “Franciscus Meus” since our fabulous ‘pilgrimage’ to Assisi.

This photo is a ‘close-up’ from a copy of the crucifix/cross that originally “spoke” to Francis in the church of San Damiano.  This copy is found in the Chiesa Nuova (New Church) built in 1615 and is located at the location of St. Francis’s home.

I can truly understand why Francis was moved by this cross of Jesus.  I blurred all but his face in this photo that you, too would be moved by his face.  As I study his eyes I sense a deep compassion and love, and a longing for me to let Him to be my “all that matters.”

He seems to be asking, “Who do you say that I am?”

Outside are two statues of his mother and father, holding the chains by which his father held him prisoner, attempting to hold him back from following Lady Poverty.  But his mother released him.  In this case mother knew best.

Inside the church you can view the dungeon where Francis was held prisoner.  There are beautiful paintings of early Franciscan themes.  There is a stairway that leads down to what used to be a workshop and now shows a copy of the crucifix, some excellent art of St. Francis and St. Clare and a wonderful stained glass window.  It is indeed a perfect place to spend some time with the One who yearns to be my “all that matters.”