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Finding the Porziuncola
Ohhhhh...it's a chapel. I thought you were talking about lunchmeat. A chapel's cool. But, what am I going to do with this sandwich?
By: Al Penwasser on December 17, 2014
THank you for your observations on this chapel. I would never have ever heard of it had it not been for you wonderful story.
By: Oma Linda on December 17, 2014
wow. neat that you 'stumbled onto' it. but as you said, sad it was encapsulated from the nature he loved.
By: TexWisGirl on December 17, 2014
I think this would have made St. Francis sad!!
By: fishducky on December 17, 2014
Interesting perspective, but at least it has been preserved. I have often wanted to use this word, but never could find the spelling "tchotchkes" Thank you for that.
By: Cranky on December 17, 2014
It is poignant that his chapel is kept "under glass" - it seems to contradict his life in some manner. On the other hand, would it still exist if exposed to the elements? I think I'd rather see the ruins, than this fancy structure...
By: The Bug on December 17, 2014
This was one of my favorite stories of St. Francis, too, that he was willing to repair the physical structure of a church and tackle the powers-that-be in that same church and try to repair them, too.
By: mimi on December 17, 2014
What a beautiful post. Thank you. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on December 17, 2014
You revealed the gem within. A well told story and a memorable experience no less. Grazie
By: Daniel LaFrance on December 17, 2014
at the ripe old age of 15 I was in Assisi but do not remember this chapel inside a cathedral...I would have loved to seen it altho I feel the same way you do- what a shame the little building isn't outside for the birds and animals to sit and rest by it. Thanks for sharing this touching experience.
By: Kathe W. on December 17, 2014
History and religion. You've given an interesting account.
By: red on December 17, 2014
Wow! I learn something every other day!
By: Val on December 17, 2014
Because of my love for nature, I have always been most interested in St. Francis. Thank you for this.
By: Hilary on December 17, 2014
St Francis may have been appalled but perhaps the throngs of people who have been able to see his church in such fine condition are pleased. It is beautiful.
By: Akansas Patti on December 17, 2014
What a "find!"
By: Tom Sightings on December 17, 2014
Very nice indeed, aren't you happy that you decided to make this last visit rather than stay on the bus, it would have been a shame for you to have missed this one.
By: Jimmy on December 17, 2014
Now this is something I would love to see- thanks for sharing- it is beautiful
By: Coloring Outside the Lines on December 17, 2014
A great, humble man. You are so right he would be appalled.
By: John on December 18, 2014
I find most of the great cathedrals around the world absolutely mesmerizing.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on December 18, 2014
Huh. A man who believed in animals and the outdoors, and his chapel will receive neither. Huh... Sad. Cat
By: Cat on December 18, 2014
Well, at least it has been preserved but you're right, it's sad, too. Glad you got to see it.
By: Madeleine McLaughlin on December 18, 2014
Sounds like another wonderful experience. What an interesting, yet sad story about the chapel.
By: LL Cool Joe on December 18, 2014
Interesting about St. Francis...wonder if that is why the current pope picked this name. And very interesting about the tiny chapel being inside a big cathedral!
By: Pixel Peeper on December 18, 2014
Stephen: This is your finest post. It is rich and fascinating with an ending that caught me by surprise. I would have to agree with you!
By: Michael Manning on December 18, 2014
Those are amazing pictures! It sure seems to be exactly what Frances didn't want though. And there's still a lot of corruption in the church even after so many centuries...
By: Lexa Cain on December 19, 2014
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