St. Clare washing the feet of her sisters ...
fra Emanuele della Croce
(Fhilippe Audemard d'Alancon)
15 settembre 1943
30 giugno 1978
Searching online for something else, I came across an obituary for a friar I met in Naples. He corrected me for something - a trifle really - and I snapped at him uncharitably. I discovered today he died a holy death just a few years later. I have always lacked charity and humility ... always.
Fra Emanuele della Croce, forgive me. Pray for me. I went away sad, and you followed Jesus and him crucified. Pray for me for the grace of final penitence. Thank you.
Fra Emanuele with fra Egidio at the friary in Naples.
They are Frati Minori Rinnovati and
live in old train cars in this friary.
This is me with another friar at the Naples house,
probably on the same day I answered uncharitably
to fra Emanuele. As far as I know, the friars I met
have all persevered. Like the rich young man,
I went away sad.