I am so excited to announce one of our new 2019 pilgrimages, The Way of St. Francis! We will be walking the Northern Way, this portion is just under 200 kms and is from La Verna to Assisi. This prayerful walk will be that and so much more as we walk through Tuscany and meander through the towns that St. Francis himself walked.
As we depart from the Sanctuary of La Verna, one of the places that St. Francis loved the most (legend has it, it is here where St. Francis received the stigmata) we will make our way to Assisi. We cross this terrain from the National Park of the Casentinesi Forests to the gentler hills of the upper Tiber Valley in Umbria. We will visit Gubbio, which is rich in natural beauty and artistic treasures and is the place of St Francis' first pilgrimage. We continue along the uphill and downhill climbs and cross the green territory of Valfabbrica until we reach the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. This is the most famous place in the world representing the history and life of the Patron Saint of Italy.
We will be staying in quaint homes, inns and monastery's. This walk will be a reflective Camino. We will walk this at a slower pace, to allow quiet moments along this trail and in our towns. Of course, at the end of our walk we will have a few days in Assisi and an option to transfer to Rome.
Stay tuned, details, prices and itineraries will be posted soon! Are you interested? Pray about it, let Our Lord guide you!
May this St. Francis prayer be a reminder to us daily:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Your fellow pilgrim, Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen