Wednesday, August 22

Saint Francis' city

I got an interesting tidbit of info in my e-mail today. Santa Fe isn't the official name of the city where Camp Marafiki is held. It's much longer and more beautiful.
The official name is La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Assisi which translates to The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi.
It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

The e-mail I got contained info about a segment on the PBS show Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Here's what it said:
Santa Fé Artists' Workshop

Santa Fé, New Mexico, nestled in the foothills of the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains, is a city of natural beauty and artistic inspiration. And, officially named "The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi," its spiritual heritage dates back to the Native Americans and Spanish missionaries. Each summer, hundreds of artists from across the country journey to nearby St. John's College for the Glen Workshop -- a weeklong gathering sponsored by the literary journal "Image" that explores the relationship between art and faith. While most of the participants are Christian, this year's gathering, for the first time, brought together artists and scholars from the Muslim and Jewish faiths as well.
Judy Valente talks with workshop leaders and participants about how spiritual development infuses their work. According to Ginger Geyer, who teaches the workshop on mosaics, "The process of making something is very much like leading the spiritual life where you don't know what's coming next. It's just a faithful response -- it's just a big fat leap of faith."

I should probably throw some links in here but I feel tired tonight. But still. The holy faith of Saint Francis.
All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of my favorite St. Francis quotes goes something like this: "Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary use words." .....

August 23, 2007 8:14 AM  
Blogger Vajra said...

St. Francis

il poverello remembered along the dusty acequias of Santa Fe and the cable car tracks of Baghdad By the Bay

il poverello remembered in Messiaen's sermon to the birds
and the eyes of the wise wolf

remembered in flame burning away his flesh marked with the cross leaving only

August 23, 2007 6:05 PM  

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