A group of pilgrims from Romsey Deanery including some from @acnbchurch have made pilgrimage to Assisi, the place where Francis received the call to ‘rebuild God’s church’
Francis himself chose to live apart from a world consumed by money, power and selfishness and instead to live a life following in the footsteps of Jesus, caring and loving all of creation.
Although much of his life was blighted by illness, malnutrition and depression he amassed a large following which continues today. How much more today do we need to look to the teachings of Christ in a world that seems to be bent on destruction.
The pilgrimage included visiting Florence seeing the rich record of life, culture and commerce from the Romans onwards. From there pilgrims moved Assisi and have explored the sites that were foundational to the growth of the Franciscan order.
Francis life was dramatically changed after time as a Prisoner of War and a serious illness. He received a call to rebuild the Church. Initially he interpreted this quite literally and began to work on the restoration of the chapel at San Damiano.
It became clear to him that in fact God was calling him to a wider work of service in the church. By 1209 he had composed the first version of the Franciscan rule which was ‘To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and walking his footsteps’. He was made a saint in 1228.