La Verna

La Verna

The Verna sanctuary is located on the Tuscan Apennines. The mountain, covered by a monumental forest of beech and fir trees, is visible from all over the Casentino and from the upper Val Tiberina and has an unmistakable shape with its peak (1283 m) cut into three parts. Above the rock and surrounded by the forest there is the large complex of the Sanctuary which, within its massive and articulated architecture, houses numerous treasures of spirituality, art, culture and history.
In the summer of 1224, St. Francis retired to Monte della Verna for his usual periods of silence and prayer. During his stay he asked God to be able to participate with his whole being in the Passion of Christ, a mystery of love and pain. The Lord listened to him and appeared to him in the form of a crucified seraphim leaving the seals of his passion as a gift. Thus Francis also became an outward image of Christ to whom he already resembled with his heart and life.
The event of the stigmata and the example of life are the most precious asset that Francis gives to the friars of Verna. In addition to personally involving each friar, the demanding legacy of St. Francis also becomes the main message that the community wishes to convey to all who visit La Verna.

Go to the official website of the Sanctuary of La Verna

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