The Crusader Francis
|St. Francis before the Sultan Al-Kamil of Egypt witnessing the trial by fire (wall fresco, Giotto.)|
also via FatherZ
I heard that Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, died last night following recital of the Transitus on the Vigil of the Feast of St Francis. He who was of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal died on the Feast of St. Francis. He was 81.Fr. Groeschel was at the Dedication Mass for the Guadalupe Shrine in 2008. I was standing outside afterwords and he was walking by and saw me with my first born, less than a month old. He was leaving but stopped by for a minute to blessed him. Father asked if he was baptized yet, I said no not yet, I think it was like the next weekend or something. It seemed like he wanted to make sure. Anywho, I'd recommend not judging him by some of the comments he made later in life after his mind began to slip. Much of my immediate family have worked years in nursing homes. For many, mental health is a constant battle. Clearly, for this Franciscan to die with the Poverello himself, we should take it as a sign of goodness from the Almighty.
May he rest in peace.