On September 17, Franciscans will celebrate the Feast of the Stigmata. On my last trip to Italy, our group took a trip to Mount La Verna — the site of St. Francis receiving the stigmata (wounds of Christ.)
It was October and the leaves were turning. We walked up a long tree lined road from the parking lot up to the monastery. I rescued a fallen leaf from the ground and slipped it between the pages of my breviary. It is still beautiful–it is there in my photo. If I had not known I was in Italy, I could easily have been on a Fall leaf trip in the Blueridge Mountains of North Georgia. I remember the air was crisp and we were scheduled for Mass in the church. Our friar priest offered reconciliation in old fashioned confessionals — a wooden closet. I thought that would be so cool. Of course, as I was next, we ran out of time and I was asked to tell Father, “It’s time for Mass. We have to go now.” That is my one quirky memory of my visit on Mount La Verna.
New Advent reports as many as 62 saints and blesseds who have received the stigmata.
Just as you may have thought that all Life of Francis Giotto’s must be in the Basilica of St. Francis, this famous Giotto is at the Louvre in Paris. According to the Louvre information, “The theme of this altarpiece, painted in 1300 for a church in Pisa, is a well-known episode from the life of St. Francis of Assisi related by his companions: the miracle of the stigmata on Mount La Verna.” read more from Louvre