This past week, we had quite a bit of snow. So much snow that we actually got a snow day! The roads were essentially a sheet of ice, and so it was necessary to cancel classes, especially for the safety of those students, faculty, and staff who have to drive to the University… so I guess you could say it was a snow and ice day. Anyway, during this unexpected and welcome time off, I took a walk around campus and stopped by a particularly special and unique place to Franciscan: the Portiuncula and Marian Grotto.
Isn’t that beautiful? This is where I was able to spend some time reflecting on life and some of the gifts and challenges God has blessed me with. The grotto is a very special place, and is devoted to Our Lady. Although the grotto itself is a little dark in contrast to the sun, if you look closely, you’ll see a statue of Mary with arms outstretched in the middle of the stone wall.
This grotto is right behind the “Port”, or the Portiuncula chapel that is a replica of the original church that St. Francis of Assisi rebuilt in Assisi. The Port has perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and is an absolute gift to this campus.
I love living on this campus. Praise God for its beauty!