Assisi is the world's home of peace.... by Ruth Davis
This presence in Assisi is a gift beyond words.
St Francis and St Clare opened to this presence and taught others how to know it as well. They would teach to simply let go of our outward focus, not be influenced by daily life adversities but rather be aware of and embrace the presence of beauty in nature, in each other, in our own hearts. By doing this we can feel direct contact to God.
In their great surrender to the heart of life, Francis and Clare were reaching for the same love that is found in the essence of all philosophies and religions. No one is excluded. Buddhists find this beauty in the recognition of pure awareness. Hindu's find this beauty in their meditation on the direct experience of the "I" that is the source of the infinite and eternal. Christians recognize the Christ in everyone and all things.
When we begin to notice the deepest presence that is around us and in us, the pure and constant gentleness, we are recognizing what is our true nature. We are the peace, the wordless awareness, the infinite.... Together we are this love and our being naturally radiates this like sunshine.
In Assisi, as we walk in the footsteps of Francis, we discover our own footsteps finding a calm presence that is constantly flowing and giving.