The summer breeze gently blew through the rolling hills. The “sounds” of silence. Softly, beautifully, yet hauntingly. Simply the course of earth’s currents? Perhaps. Yet more? Perhaps. Nevertheless, a “sound” I always remember from many years ago as I roamed the hills of Assisi, Italy. Assisi. The home of Francis of Assisi and Clare of Assisi. Both open to the power of the spirit within them. Always easy? No, life situations were difficult and remaining faithful a challenge. Faithful to what? Faithful to the spirit of God within them. Faithful to the flame of the Spirit of God burning brightly within them.
On October 3rd we remember Francis’ passing from this life to the next and October 4th his feast day. It is difficult to talk about Francis without Clare. Their lives intertwined as they lived out their call to be faithful to the journey to keep alive the flame of the Spirit of God within them
The Christian Scriptures (2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14) remind us to stir into flame the gift of God…for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.
There are times that life’s embers need stirring to bring back the flame of life. The Spirit of God can blow into flame the embers of our lives.
What did I “hear” and “feel” that beautiful summer day in Assisi? I remember those moments as the spirit of Francis and Clare gently blowing in the breeze, their lives wrapped up into spirit filled moments…everlasting reminders to stir into flame the gift of God within.
Our invitation is to embrace the gentle breeze that stirs into flame the gift of God within.
Blessings and peace