Europena Franciscan Meeting?
It's a meeting organized every other year by the friars minor of Europe and I am one of them; and I was the friar responsible for all Italy. I have worked for a year and a half organizing this meeting:
I went to Poland (where it was actually held);
I went to Madrid (wonderful city, very friendly people and very tasty food);
I went to Rome meeting the BOSS of our order,
I went to Naples to meet other "important" friars,
I made so many translations even from languages I do not actually speak - but ssshhhhhh nobody knows it
and I got sick, ending up in hospital just a couple of days before the beginning of the meeting and
I DID NOT GO!!!
I have to admit I was really angry with.... I don't know with whom, life? God? me? the Doctors? the BUG?, there was nothing to get angry for, but yet I was really irritated.
I mean, working hard for such a long time, getting in touch with so many people all over Europe and not being able to participate to the meeting... well, you can imagine how I did feel.
This is life though, we cannot decide everything, we can plan and program even the smallest details of our daily life, but then an evil-little-hateful bug can change everything. I think in some way this is the cunning understanding of St.Francis when he says we do not have to tie our hearts to anything we do, because everything, but sin, belong to God and it's not ours. This is the most difficult poverty we are called to live in a world that says we need to possess as much as possible to be happy.
anyway, this is what I simply wanted to share with you today
ciao ciao from a still to hot Italy