This evening, 3rd October, Franciscan men and women throughout the world begin our observance of the Feast of St. Francis by gathering for a reflective ritual – the Transitus – to mark his passover to eternal life.
What kind of person could say, “Welcome Sister Death”? This ceremony reminds us that Francis’s whole life had been a process of dying to self and being born to newer, deeper levels of life since he first began following in the footsteps of Jesus. This last step would complete that journey and bring him to total union with the Risen Christ and with all people in the fullness of God’s life.
Pray for us as we continue our Franciscan path – as we keep praying for you and yours!