Franciscan San Damiano Cross

Most high, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness
of my heart and give me Lord,
a correct faith, a certain hope,
a perfect charity, sense and knowledge,
so that I may carry out
Your holy and true command.

Prayer before a crucifix – St. Francis

Franciscan University is known for their well developed Catholic culture.  The very first place I visited was… a bookstore! Tons of well selected stuff I want (and need?). This is where Keith got our San Damiano cross (this link gives you great explanation of its history and meaning of each part and person depicted on it) while he visited few weeks before we came her (we had no clue then that we will be moving yet).

I remember this scene from the “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” which I watched for the first time long time ago in Poland, where Jesus speaks to Francesco and tells him to “rebuild His church”. This movie was the first saint movie I have ever seen and it literally changed my life then. Below is the scene from the movie showing San Damiano church with the cross and the lyrics follow:

“If you want your dream to be
Build it slow and surely.
Small beginnings, greater ends
Heartfelt work grows purely.

If you want to live life free
Take your time go slowly.
Do few things but do them well
Simple joys are holy.

Day by day,
Stone by stone,
Build your secret slowly.
Day by day,
You’ll grow too,
You’ll know heaven’s glory.

If you want your dream to be
Build it slow and surely.
Small beginnings, greater ends,
Heartfelt work grows purely.
If you want to live life free
Take your time go slowly.”

{St. Francis of Assisi}

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