lowing that directive for more than 800 years. St. Bonaventure, recounting the story in his "Major
Life of St. Francis of Assisi," tells us how St. Francis was moved by the Spirit to pray before the iconic
and confusion of a young man searching for answers, kneeling before what we now call the San Damiano
cross, he heard a voice telling him three times: "Francis, go and rebuild my house, which you see is falling into
fessions, along with the building of churches, parishes, dioceses and even universities.
you see is falling into ruin."