One of my favorite places is the Franciscan Renewal Center on Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale. The grounds are beautiful and inspiring. The community is welcoming and kind.
A few Sundays ago, I had a special experience. Walking in the healing garden with my friend Betty Dean, we stopped for a moment to take in the beauty of the morning. As I looked at nature around us, I realized that I was seeing something unusual in the design of the bark in one of the trees. It was St. Francis!
My eyes must have bugged out of my head. Betty quickly looked and saw what I was seeing. We stood for a moment both without words.
I love St. Francis. I love what he inspired in others and how he loved nature and the animal world. Here is a piece from the story of the wolf of Gubbio:
I ask you to embrace Brother Wolf and his Kind and to give so tame and gentle a creature his daily bread and a place near the hearth. If you do this, I give you the Lord's promise of peace.
Visit The Casa (the Franciscan Renewal Center) and see this place for yourself. I am so lucky to be a part of this community. And lucky to be able to see St. Francis in the tree.
Love your pets, love your life – Lisa LaTourette