St Francis of Assisi – Part 12 – Francis Receives the Stigmata

Posted November 4, 2017 7:37 am by David Torkington

St Francis of Assisi – Part 12 – Francis Receives the Stigmata

On leaving Rome in 1223 Francis made for the Rieti Valley and back to the hermitage of Fonte Columbo where he had written his rule. It was here that he had an idea which was to stain the memories and the imaginations of everyone for centuries to come with the mystery of the Incarnation. As Christmas drew near the following year he approached John Vellita who owned land in the vicinity of Greccio, and asked him for permission to use a cave on his property to re-enact the birth of Brother Jesus at Bethlehem. There was an ass and an ox

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