This past Wednesday was the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi. A group of pilgrims from our parish was just in Assisi. It’s a small town in Umbria, built on the side of a hill, with cobblestone streets and ancient buildings and views out over the Rieti Valley. We were reminded of the saint’s life and how, nearly 800 years after his death, he still holds appeal and influence for us today – his witness to peace, his care for the earth, his attentiveness to prayer, his serious listening to the gospel. It’s what we strive to do here and in many ways it’s lived out here, in our own prayer and witness to peace, our care for the earth, our outreach to those in need. You can somehow feel the presence of Francis when you’re in and around Assisi, and he remains a presence for us here in Raleigh after all these years.

Blessings on your week!