Saint Francis and I

April 29, 2016



One of my favorite places in Cortona is the monastery and sanctuary of Le Celle. Saint Francis of Assisi came here in 1210 to set in motion the creation of a small monastic settlement. He preferred solitude and would seek out wooded areas to withdraw and meditate. Perhaps I feel a tiny portion of what he must have felt, where as I have made this journey to Cortona 806 years later, with only my little dog as my companion. Granted I am not living in the woods nor am I a preacher, I am instead living on a farm with slithering snakes, noisy roosters, barking dogs and singing birds that keep me awake at night. Silence is non existent.

I don't think Saint Francis could meditate under these conditions. 

But I try to be present and live in the moment and quiet my mind....

and soon I am talking to myself and the strange part is ...sometimes I answer back.

It is said that in nearby Lake Trasimeno there is an island called Isola Maggiore where Saint Francis spent time. While there, he witnessed a miracle. Perhaps, if I visit this island, I too will experience a miracle  ....the miracle of meeting a man in Italy who's not married.






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