St. Francis stands, arms outstretched, in the courtyard garden. He’s been crafted from an old log by one of the monks. He looks back toward the guesthouse with his sign of blessing, and I suspect he’s facing that way intentionally, since every guest will be looking out at the view. Francis bestows blessing on each one of us who are so enraptured by the beauty of God’s handiwork.
Phil LaBelle, 2017.