Assisi Center: Fountain - Begins San Gabriele dell'Addolorata street
"Sacred Echo": in the heart of Assisi, in San Gabriele dell'Addolorata Street, a surprising "place" of prayer.
IT WAS AN URINAL!
There was a place for urination
and now there is one for praying.
The urine went under the earth,
the prayers like incense rise to heaven.
While convents, monasteries and churches sleep
in this place there is who prays.
So before God Assisi’s silent never
and its soul is breathing ever.
Note: The first small and poor dwellings of the minor friars were indicated by the appellation "places", to emphasize their humility and their temporariness.
The sign hanging over the processed image of the Holy Shroud is the letter HE, of the ancient southern semitic alphabet, mysteriously connected to the
conversion of Marcello Ciai.
How it is risen: I spend my nights under the Arcade of the Basilica of Saint Francis, where people come also to speak with me, and to pray. Late in the night also Marcello Ciai arrives, the man who thanks to God in 1980 founded the community of which I was part from the beginning, and then in 1991 the Association Iaca. Because of this precarious health and the rigor of some winter nights with wind and snow, we addressed question to the City council to have a small space where we could withdraw to pray: a plea for help for a sick person, which was accompanied by an attentive gesture of the municipal administration. We have restored with diligence the old and unhealthy abandoned ex-urinal, which certainly bore no luster to that suggestive stretch of "San Gabriele dell' Addolorata" Street, under the "Piazzetta delle Erbe". We transformed it into a small but suggestive chapel, certainly not worrying about the non-noble origin of the place: our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, was born in a stable! To our surprise, this place has attracted and attracts the attention of many tourists and/or Italian and foreign pilgrims: they photograph it and shove tickets with prayer requests in the slot that we prepared on purpose in the wooden door, demands that we honour praying there in the night. So much interest and appreciation is evidenced by the many letters, messages and e-mails we receive from many parts of Italy and the world. This place of prayer, therefore, is proving to be a blessing to many and is also a very special new spiritual attractiveness of this our land of Saint Francis.
Entrance Place of prayer with two vases of plants on which is written the greeting LOVE and PEACE.
Message board on the entrance door
Slot for prayer requests