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Stigmatisation of Saint Francis

“About two years before his death, Francis had a second vision of Christ fastened to the cross. Here is how Saint Bonaventure sets the scene in his Life of St. Francis: “On a certain morning about …More
“About two years before his death, Francis had a second vision of Christ fastened to the cross. Here is how Saint Bonaventure sets the scene in his Life of St. Francis: “On a certain morning about the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross [September 14], while Francis was praying on the mountainside, he saw a Seraph with six fiery and shining wings descend from the height of heaven. And when in swift flight the Seraph had reached a spot in the air near the man of God, there appeared between the wings the figure of the a man crucified, with his hands and feet extended in the form of a cross and fastened to a cross. Two of the wings were lifted above his head, two were extended for flight and two covered his whole body. When Francis saw this, he was overwhelmed and his whole body was flooded with a mixture of joy and sorrow. He rejoiced because of gracious way Christ looked upon him under the appearance of the Seraph, but the fact that he was fastened to a cross pierced his soul with a sword of compassionate sorrow.” This vision is commemorated on the 17th of September each year, and this medieval carving is in a museum in Dubrovnik.

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