San Damiano Cross

I’m at a meeting in the Reilly Center at St. Bonaventure University. In the room on the wall facing me is the San Damiano cross. It is emblematic of Franciscans everywhere. Tonight it’s more poignant because I’m more focused on it. I’ve been in this room many times but in looking at the cross tonight it looks more inviting, more inclusive than ever. Franciscans are known for their hospitality and the San Damiano cross has that spirit about it. Many times religion and dogma in particular can divide us but Franciscans make it their habit to welcome everyone no matter what your spiritual direction. That hospitality can be a powerful force for conversion.