“Holding my hand, he took me towards the bright light, together with a big white dove bird.” Tears rolled down my cheeks and deep emotion filled my heart, the moment I entered the St Francis church in Assisi, and thats when I saw the above vision, and I knew I had arrived home.
The statue of Francis sitting on a horse, outside the church got my attention, It read –
“Lord what do you want me to do?”, “Go back to your city and you will be told what you must do”. At the break of day, Francis, with his reformed inner self, desired only to conform to the will of the god.
As I sat in the beautiful small chapel of St Francis, where his last remains are kept, a profound feeling of love and stillness entered my heart and a clear voice told me “Give, give, give, never hold back. Give whatever you can” and then the voice continued“When you will meet your fellow pilgrims, you will both recognise each other through your eyes. There will be seven of you and when you will all meet, sit around a fire and you will know what to do. You don’t have to search for them; you will all find each other.” I asked for a sign to tell myself that what I heard was not just from my mind, and I looked at the prayer beads which Fr. Henry had gifted me; it had seven crosses. The more I believe the more it seems real.
“Make me a channel of your peace”, with this prayer of Francis in my heart, I left Assisi, promising myself to keep the fire burning and deeply listening to the calling of my heart.
|St Francis chapel|