Sunday, 4 October 2009

Transitus of St Francis of Assisi

From it’s earliest days the followers of St Francis have gathered on the anniversary of his death to celebrate his transitus, that is, St. Francis' passage from earthly life into everlasting life. Here, we, too, gathered to celebrate the light, which Francis was to his world.

But, our celebration was not only a memorial, a remembering of one who has gone before us. It was also a celebration of the spirit of Francis in our midst today, in each of us. This is a time when we, inspired by Francis, consider how we can be light for our world.

St Francis left his followers a mandate as he lay dying. “I have done what is mine to do. May Christ teach you what is yours.”

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