"Preach the Gospel always; if necessary, use words." attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
Sabbatical Week 7
I was joined by Erwin for a few final days in Assisi before we went to Florence and Rome. I’ve continued to let St. Francis be my guide and lens for sabbatical, allowing me to extend my doctoral work on Franciscan art and theology and also to deepen my own Franciscan spirituality. (In addition, I’m taking the advice of a wise bishop who suggested I have a focus of some kind when visiting Italy, to prevent what otherwise might be a kind of sensory and aesthetic overload.) So far, no overload, but enormous joy and gratitude.