By Filipe Domingues
Some of our Lay Centre residents joined a pilgrimage to Assisi last Saturday, organized by the Diocesan Campus Ministry of Rome (Pastorale Universitaria).
Every year, 3,000-5,000 undergraduate and graduate students living in Rome gather in St Francis’ medieval town. This year, more than 50 buses and a chartered train took all the pilgrims on the day trip.
The theme of the pilgrimage was “Intellectual Charity, a Face of Mercy.” Indeed, intellectual work requires a constant spirit of humility and service.
Humility because the one who studies needs to recognize constantly that he never knows enough. More than that, the one who learns needs the help of those who know.
Service because knowledge only becomes charity when it is shared with others. In fact, many of The Lay Centre’s alumni now teach all over the world.
Assisi is the perfect place to pray and meditate on humility and service. Not only is the simplicity of St Francis and St Claire visible everywhere in the town, but so is their spirituality. Being in Assisi, one can understand why St Francis praised God for all His creatures, in what became known as the Canticle of the Creatures. (Just look at our pictures!)
“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.”
Photo: Filipe Domingues and Matthew Doeing