“The Portiuncula Center for Prayer nestled in St. Francis Woods and rooted in the Franciscan tradition, is a sacred space of welcome for those seeking peace of mind, body, and spirit.” Mission Statement
Making the House Ready
for the Lord
Dear Lord, I have swept and I have washed but still nothing is as shining as it should be for you. Under the sink for example, is an uproar of mice–it is the season of their many children. What shall I do? And under the eaves and through the walls the squirrels have gnawed their ragged entrances–but it is the season when they need shelter, so what shall I do?
And the raccoon limps into the kitchen and opens the cupboard while the dog snores, the cat hugs the pillow; what shall I do?
Beautiful is the new snow falling in the yard and the fox who is staring boldly up the path, to the door. And still I believe you will come Lord: you will, when I speak to the fox the sparrow, the lost dog, the shivering sea-goose, know that really I am speaking to you whenever I say, as I do all morning and afternoon: Come in, Come in. Mary Oliver