There are places we are connected to (discussed here a lot on this blog!) and places that have an unexplainable magic about them. Big Sur on the Central Coast of California is like that, Haleiwa on the North Shore of Ouahu, the Serengeti Plane, and all in different ways. Assisi is like that. There is something extra special. The energy there is amazing and I loved it the moment I arrived in September of 2008.
When I was sick, my parents and I talked a lot about going back and I told them I would give them the grand tour when I got better. When I was in my scariest moments I would close my eyes and imagine walking up Via San Francesco from the Basilica. I would feel the cool air on my face and the cobblestones under my feet. I would look up and see the statues everywhere of St. Francis watching over me. If I was in a CT scan, little did the radiologist know ... I was off in Assisi, with Francis, walking up to Piazza del Commune.
I called on him for help a lot actually. I feel like Francis was one of reasons I got better and now Assisi is even more magical than it was before.
So, in celebration of being well,
(And Mom and Dad getting their grand tour!)
Here is Assisi ...
Assisi, Italy 2010
"We praise You, Lord, for Sister Earth,
Who sustains us with her fruits, colored flowers and herbs ...
"We praise You, Lord, for all Your creatures,
especially for Brother Sun,
who is the day through whom You give us light."
"And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
of You Most High, he bears your likeness."
~Saint Francis of Assisi
Much more to come from Assisi, the Calendimaggio festival
and the Sanctuaries in Greccio and Fonte Columbo!