From seminarian Brendan Johnson’s journal:
June 1, 2010
Today we went to Assisi after morning prayer and meditation in Norcia. The trip there was pretty easy and getting into Assisi was rather overwhelming. There were a lot of people all over the place and more than a few Franciscans walking around in their various habits. We made our first stop in St. Maria degli Angeli, where we toured the church and saw some beautiful paintings of the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare. They had a wonderful little gift shop where I got some things for my mother, whose confirmation saint is St. Francis. After that we got back on the bus to ride up to the older portion of Assisi where we visited the tombs of Sts. Francis and Clare. I especially enjoyed being able to go to the Chiesa S. Chiara (the Church of St. Clare) because it was quieter and we were able to pray a little better at her tomb. We prayed before the actual cross of San Damiano, which was moved up after St. Clare died. In all it was a great day, but tiring and a bit much for the few hours in Assisi. I’ll definitely have to make my way back to Assisi at some other time.
Seminarian Jason Keas sent this image, with a note:
“This is Gregg [Pedersen] and me at Assisi. It was great to experience how St. Francis embraced the cross, and to realize how we all need to do the same.”
Jason is at the viewer’s left.