as if out of Nowhere.
In a ‘way,’ we summoned someone to drive around the bend to transport us to the location we originally sought. We walked in the opposite direction~~~through forests and orchards of horse chestnuts, tobacco fields, grape vines, peach trees.
Our sole purpose~~~ to visit what I would name, ‘Oxen,’ in order to purchase the cheese made from their luscious milk.
The Red Fiat turned the bend and stopped.
Our guide approached. He wore a classic straw hat, a long sleeve blue shirt, tucked in…pants held by suspenders. He responded to our request. Four women invited into this man’s small auto. He spoke Italian— Emese and Deanna understood. Wendy and I looked and listened. Each day he drives to the top of the hill where there is a small cemetery. His wife died almost 2 months ago~~~they were married 50 years. Tears fill his eyes. When he makes his way from the cemetery, he seeks ‘pilgrims’ on their way to Assisi…any WAY he can HELP, assist, offer presence. He was our Angel and he told us we were his miracle.
He drove us to the entrance doors—to the store. He wished to drive us back, but we graciously declined—yet, not before an embrace… a kiss first on one cheek, then the other.
A simple word packed with MORE feelings than one can explain…”Thank You.”
Did we meet Francis of Assisi? Yes!
Did we meet Christ? Yes!
Was this man and angel? Yes!
His name, Leonardo.
Today, I AM no longer the same having joined the path called Life~~~with him.
(Excerpt from a Journal on the Camino St Francis/Italy)
“If the only prayer you ever utter is ‘thank you’…it is enough!” Meister Eckhart