We look back at the Feast of St. Francis, celebrated every year on October 4 and every year we tell again the story of Francis and the way he has, over eight centuries, captured the imagination of people.
On Thursday evening October 3 we celebrated the Transitus of Francis, which commemorates the evening he died. On Friday morning October 4, we had Mass in the church with hundreds of students from our school. And last Sunday, we had the annual blessing of the animals, as people from all over arrived with dogs, cats, birds, pythons – all kinds of animals – and we remember the love Francis had for God’s beautifully created world, how for Francis the world in all its “thisness” radiated the presence of God’s goodness and grace. We remember and we carry it with us as a Franciscan parish here in North Raleigh.