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Reflection – Our Sister, Bodily Death

March 9, 2018

I have been thinking a lot about St Francis of Assisi these past few days… we were fortunate to attend the Transitus Mass at The Sisters of St Francis Convent in Philadelphia in 2014… as he faced his own mortality, he embraced his Sister, Bodily Death… thinking of Mom, praying for Dad… thinking of my Mother-in-Law, Jeanne, praying for Denise and her family… Dona Nobis Pacem

In his famous Canticle of the Creatures, the saint from Assisi wrote “Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whom no one living can escape.” That line, written near Francis’s own embrace of Sister Bodily Death, reflects the importance and natural character of death in the life of all creation. Francis was not afraid of what would come at the end of his earthly life, choosing instead to recognize in that experience, not an end, but a transition from one way of living to another. — Daniel P. Horan, OFM

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