This past summer I had a profound experience that helped me to remember that heaven and earth are one.
I was in Assisi, Italy, on pilgrimage. I was there with other Franciscans who were preparing for (or discerning) final vows, and participating in a study pilgrimage sponsored by Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs. As a Franciscan sister, it is understandable that my heaven-on-earth experience occurred in Assisi, as the village is holy ground for those of us in the Franciscan family.
After a morning Mass with our pilgrimage group at the tomb of St. Francis, I went into the upper church of the basilica of St. Francis. I then found myself praying with Giotto di Bondone’s vibrant frescoes depicting the life of St. Francis. Much was stirring in my heart as I examined the scenes depicting St. Francis’ life of conversion and penance.
Specifically, I was feeling very uncomfortable with my weak and imperfect …
[This is the beginning of my latest column for the online newspaper, Global Sisters Report. Continue reading here.]
Hi, Julia. You might remember me from our Intercommunity Pre-novitiate in Racine, WI, some years ago now. I have been keeping in touch with your writings on Global Sisters Report. It is a joy to read them and hear of your life and commitment as a high school teacher. So great. You are in my prayer……..keep growing. Your experience in Assisi is similar to one I had many years ago. I can totally relate.
Peace and all good,
Sister Kris Vorenkamp, SLW
Thank you so much for this writing. You are a kindred spirit.:)
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