When I read that fellow artist, Tony Bozicevic was celebrating his 2nd anniversary of profession to the Secular Franciscan Order, on the Solemnity of the Assumption, I thought to snap a group of Franciscan images from the Basilica of St Josaphat- Milwaukee, my home parish, as a "gift card" just after Solemnity Mass today.
Sometimes people ask why we attend a church so far away. A sensible and quick response is to say that it is worth the 15 mile travel distance (as you can see). And after all, most of us have access to transportation these days.
More than that, the internet and the providence of our loving God has a way of connecting people from even greater and seemingly insurmountable distances. For example, Tony lives in Canberra, Australia and that's about 9,400 miles away!
I have enjoyed working on a very long distance St Francis project (view it here) with Tony and learning about his many endeavors. When our finished work, the Australian Franciscan flyers arrive in mail, I will gladly insert them at the bottom of this blog for all to read and see.
The Franciscans are blessed to have him among their company. Congratulations, Tony and may you always be God's fine-tuned instrument.
I am writing this post as I listen to Tony's playing of Tchaikovsky and if you have time, do the same. Worth it.
And I had to do some sleuthing to find this one. On the lighter side.
"Saint Francis was so in love with God that at times he would pick up two sticks from the ground, tuck one under his chin like a violin and move the other over it like a bow. Then, in an ecstasy of joy, he would sing in French songs of love and praise to God. Francis used to say that he wanted his followers to go about the world like strolling minstrels, “to inspire the hearts of people and stir them to spiritual joy.” They give us an example to follow in our own day!" sfmedia
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