Church of San Damiano

The Church of San Damiano, Assisi as it appears todayAs Francis drew closer to God through prayer, he began to reach out in compassion to people who were disadvantaged and marginalised. He gave all his possesssions to people in material need and he took care of lepers. San Damiano Crucifix which Francis heard speaking to his heart, 'Francis, go, repair my house which as you see is falling into ruin'More than ever, he sought out quiet places such as abandoned churches around Assisi where he prayed to God in the depths of his heart. One day as he knelt before the crucifix in the ruined little church of San Damiano below Assisi, and prayed for direction in his life, he seemed to hear the crucified Christ saying to him, "Francis, go and repair my house which as you see is falling into ruin." Contemplating creation next to the church of San Damiano, AssisiAt first, Francis took this to mean the physical structure but after going and repairing a number of ruined churches around Assisi, it gradually dawned on Francis that God's 'house' is far bigger than church buildings ... God's house is the whole of creation!

 

Praying Nature at San Damiano

Using the following prayer which Francis recited before the crucifix, contemplate God's presence in creation with the help of the images provided below (click to enlarge):

Most High, glorious God,

enlighten the darkness of my heart

and give me true faith,

certain hope and perfect charity,

sense and knowledge, Lord,

that I may carry out

Your holy and true command. 

Amen. 

 

Praised be You

my Lord

with all

Your creatures

- St. Francis