A Very Lonely Road

St. Francis of Assisi longed for God beyond all measure. And his intense longing took him to places few had traveled to, places deep within himself and places far from Assisi. On his journey to God he traveled down a very lonely road.

Francis was a spiritual innovator and like all who have created something original he must have endured a great lonesomeness, despite his numerous followers and companions.

On Easter Sunday, 2009, during a liturgy at the Ermeo di Carceri high above Assisi, a favorite place of solitude for St. Francis, it dawned on me that the loneliness and longing within each us is a very basic way for each of us to connect with St. Francis.

His soul longed for God even in the night; from early morning and throughout the day, with the sweet affection of Mary, he kept watch, looking and longing for God and God alone.

To long for God is already to experience, albeit faintly, the presence of God. And to experience more and more of God was all Francis wanted. And it is all we need.


3 Responses to “A Very Lonely Road”

  1. 1 sherada collins October 3, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Dorothy Day speaks to this in her diary The Long Loneliness. We all have it. Some of us are more aware we have it.

  1. 1 Saint Francis and the lonely life | Asheville Monastery - a Monastery in Place Trackback on October 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm
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