7 minute podcast by Dr. Italy discussing San Damiano and the Portiuncula, the two chapels rebuilt by St. Francis that still stand in Assisi, his home town. To be visited on his upcoming pilgrimage to Italy.
Many of heard of St. Francis and some even have a statue of him in their garden with a bird perched on his shoulder.
Image of the Rocca Maggiore fortress overlooking Assisi from Mount Subasio by Marcellino D’Ambrosio. All rights reserved.
But few know that his hometown, Assisi, is a natural garden spot in its own right, or that it received a special blessing from St. Francis on the eve of its death that makes it a very special place of serene beauty and contemplation.
Image of San Damiano Chapel by Marcellino D’Ambrosio. All rights reserved.
Image of the San Damiano cloister courtyard by Marcellino D’Ambrosio. All rights reserved.
Image of the façade of the Portiuncula Our Lady of the Angels chapel by Alekjds. CC 4.0.
This podcast introduces this magical medieval town and talks about the two ruined chapels rebuilt by St. Francis and his companions. One, the famous San Damiano, is where Francis first heard Jesus speak to him from the crucifix saying “Francis, rebuild my church.” It became the home of St. Clare and her sisters.
Image of Assisi Rooftops at sunset, overlooking the Spoleto Valley, by Marcellino D’Ambrosio. All rights reserved.
Image of Spoleto Valley viewed from San Damiano, by Marcellino D’Ambrosio. All rights reserved.
The other, the “little portion” or Portiuncula of Our Lady of the Angels, was the cradle of the Franciscan order and the place where Francis died.
These and more famous Franciscan sites will be visited on our upcoming pilgrimage to Italy.
For a podcast over Saint Francis’ secret Assisi hermitage, click here.
For a podcast over the Assisi’s bacilicas, click here.
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Banner/featured image from frescos of The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi by Giotto di Bondone. Christ speaks to St. Francis from the San Damiano Cross. Public domain.