St. Francis of Assisi continues to inspire people with his spirit even though nearly eight centuries have elapsed since he died in 1226. The excitement he creates inside of people to live the Gospel life was particularly visible during his Transitus and feast day celebrations this October at Holy Family Parish in Peoria, Illinois.
The Conventual Franciscans at Holy Family (where Friar Patrick Stoffer is the pastor) always delight in remembering their Seraphic Father St. Francis. But it isn’t only the friars who celebrate him. Parishioners from Holy Family as well as Peoria’s Sisters of St. John the Baptist took part in the Transitus and feast day events too.
By taking on the name Francis, our current Holy Father shows us in a very direct way how pertinent St. Francis of Assisi’s approach is today. A life of simplicity and service as well as community and family, a life where one continues to deepen one’s relationship with God are the Franciscan ideas that have been inspiring generations and will inspire many more to come.
(Source of image with story: http://en.wikipedia.org/.)