The San Damiano Cross was an important icon for St. Francis of Assisi. While meditating on the cross, the young Francis heard the crucified Christ speak, calling him to "go rebuild My house; as you see, it is all being destroyed.” That commission transformed Francis, and through Francis' life and commitment to Christ, it transformed the larger Christian church. Today, 800 years later, the San Damiano cross continues to speak, not just to Franciscans, but to anyone who longs to see Christ's church restored and their own lives renewed.
Join us for a special Day Apart Retreat on the Feast Day of St. Francis as we explore the story of Francis and the San Damiano cross, and examine the images on this iconic symbol through insights from the Gospel of John and the writings of Francis. With Jesus suspended at the center of the cross, many other biblical figures are present and together, they tell the mysteries of creation, incarnation, and glory that transformed Francis.
Taize-style worship and prayer, silence and sharing, teaching and reflection will frame this day of contemplation. May the San Damiano Cross transform and inspire you as it did Francis, turning a self-centered spoiled young man into a saint who embraced the outcasts of this world and transformed the church.
About the leader(s)
As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Lawrence works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality. He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation. An ordained American Baptist pastor, he is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, and American Baptist Seminary of the West. Eco-spirituality is his passion (and was his doctoral dissertation), encouraging everyone to live into the fullness of our connection with nature, God, and all people.