19 Sep Feast of the Stigmata 2016
“… we find love and pain, which form the heart of Christian life: Francis has the lucidity and the courage to ask the Lord, because he knows that this is the narrow way that leads to true joy. Each of us, today, with Francis, repeat this prayer. ” The general Minister, Br. Michael Perry asked his listeners to make this commitment in the homily on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Stigmata of St. Francis at La Verna on September 17, 2016.
Following an ancient tradition, the Feast was rendered more solemn with the procession to the chapel of the stigmata, with a long line of friars, the faithful and civil authorities. At the end of the procession the General Minister blessed, with the relic of the blood of the stigmata, the City of Florence.