Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Tiers Vino outside Assisi, Italy
Blessed Francis was staying near the church of St. Fabian in Rieti. A number of cardinals, accompanied by clerics, almost daily visited the saint out of respect and devotion.The church had a small vineyard and since the church had but one door, all those who came to visit passed through that one door, trampling the vineyard under foot. The priest was scandalized and disturbed: "This year," he said, "my vintage is lost. The vineyard is small but every year I harvest enough grapes for my needs."
St. Francis said to the priest: "Stop being disturbed and scandalized: nothing can be done about it. Place your trust in the Lord, because through me, his poor servant, he can repair the damage..."
The priest usually harvested thirteen loads of wine, but that year he harvested twenty from his destroyed vineyard.
Saint Francis of Assisi
Legend of Perugia - 25