"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
I wish I was at the Portiuncula.
Sometimes I pretend I'm back in Italy, in the valley below Assisi, in the Portiuncula once again - no one around me however. As if I'm there after the basilica which encloses the little portion is closed, the tourists and friars have all gone away. Or sometimes I just pretend I'm alone with St. Francis when the chapel stood by itself in the plain, and we are there together. He sees me and I see him. I, like Brother Leo watch him praying, as in the tableau above the entry - Francis praying to Our Lord and Our Lady, asking for the Great Pardon of Assisi.
Today I have a replica of the Portiuncula in my heart, and St. Francis is there with Our Lady and Christ and all the angels.